MBRtool


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.3.2
File Size:
1.87MB
Date Added:
August 19, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
351,872
Downloads Last Week:
22
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If the acronym MBR isn't immediately recognizable, then this powerful tool isn't for you. Expert users needing to back up, verify or restore the Master Boot Record will find this application very useful. As a DOS application, the program is command-line driven, but MBRtool includes an option to use a simple DOS menu interface. The best method to use MBRtool is on a bootable floppy disk. Load the program, and with simple commands, you easily manipulate the MBR.

MBRtool can quickly edit or wipe a Partition Table, back up or clean track 0, or alter the bootcode. We were able to quickly perform attribute changes on the Partition Table. This 157-KB utility would be a welcome addition to an administrator's toolbox.

But MBRtool isn't perfect. It only supports the first four drives the BIOS locates. The application is three years old, and there is no guarantee it will support the newest OS/drive combinations. It's best to try it first on a test system. Regardless, advanced users and system administrators without a favorite MBR manipulation tool should give this freeware a try.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "Thanks for infecting all three of my browsers"

    March 09, 2013   |   By lithium451

    Version: MBRtool 2.3.2

    Pros

    None for me

    Cons

    Difficult to use and loaded up my system with junk - partially my fault I didn't see the microscopic check boxes on the third shareware offer.

    Summary

    Download.com may be a good place to research, but not to do simple downloads.

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  • 5 stars

    "MBRtool came to the rescue and saved the day !!!!"

    August 28, 2011   |   By dstacy2000

    Version: MBRtool 2.3.2

    Pros

    MBRtool was able to repair a problem I had...

    Cons

    If you're not use to DOS, MBRtool can be a little confusing...

    Summary

    For people who work on their "family" computers, MBRtool is a life saver. I had one of my older children try to install Ubuntu, messed it up, formatted the hard drive, and then try use restore CD's to bring system back, with no luck.
    I noticed restore CD's was loading into partition3, (should have been partition1), which alerted me that the MBR must be corrupted.
    Used wipe in the MBRtool and was able to restore the computer back to factory settings. Computer working perfect, at least until the next time the boy decides to try something else !!!

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