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Help - Restore files

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  1. river

    river Thread Starter

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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.
     
  2. MysticEyes

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    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.
     
  3. Rockn

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    Are the actual .bkf files on the old D drive or can you not access them at all? Try a recovery program like Restoration and point it to scan your D drive and restore the files, if they are there, to your C drive.
    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
     
  4. river

    river Thread Starter

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

    R
     
  5. lister

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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.
     
  6. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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

    river Thread Starter

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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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