Help - Restore files

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river

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Hi,

I just formatted and resinstalled Windows XP on a workstation. It had 2 HDD. I resinstalled Windows XP on C and did nothing with D (which was used for the Backups). After reinstalling Windows There is nothing on D. I don't know what went wrong I have reinstalled Windows many times before and have had no problems.

Anyway the backups from D are collected every week and backed up onto another machine using Windows NT Backup. The problem is that I cannot restore the latest backup, infact the only backup file that will allow me to restore is back in April last. The files I am after keep displaying the following message.

The file is unusuable please choose or select another file.

Please help, as I am in big trouble.
 

MysticEyes

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The problem is that I cannot restore the latest backup, infact the only backup file that will allow me to restore is back in April last
Sounds like your problem has nothing to do with your latest Windows install. Your D drive must have had a previous problem that went unnoticed otherwise your backups should have worked. "The file is unusuable please choose or select another file" seems to indicate this.
 

river

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Thanks for your replies and advice. I will give that a try.

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If the files are restored and copied to the C drive, reformat the D drive with the manufacturers software. Then transfer them back.

You may also want to try a different backup method - I Use Cobian Backup (freeware) which can backup data and keep the directory and file structure; it can also backup incrementally at a set time.

A good tip when reformatting/reinstalling the OS is to disconnect any 2nd HDD beforehand - a moment of distraction can destroy a lot of work.

If the data recovery doesn't work, there are programs out there that are specifically for repairing damaged .bkf files (Google) - none free that I have found, though you can at least try the demos to see if they are recoverable.
 

redoak

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Look up "PC Inspector" via a search engine. I believe it is freeware. {redoak}
 

river

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Cobian works a treat thank you for that. At the moment I am still trying to recover the corrupt file with Office Recovery. Bought the software - fingers are still crossed. I am never using Window Backup again.

R
 
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