Restoring the MBR When Restoring a Backup
This question has no practical purpose. I'm only asking for my own understanding.
I'll use an illustration. Say I have a disk with two partitions - a system partition and a data partition. Now I decide to buy a new physical disk, so I can have my system on one disk and my data on the other disk. My plan is to restore an image of one of my partitions to the new disk.
Here's the part I don't understand. If, while restoring the image, I restore the original (backed up) MBR I have a problem because the partition table in that MBR has two partitions and the new disk only has one. If I restore a generic Windows MBR I also have a problem because the partition table in that MBR is blank, so how will it find my restored partition?
Obviously, there's something I'm missing. What is it? Thanks for your help.