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Vista Backup Creates .Zip Files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by mahoopes, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. mahoopes

    mahoopes Thread Starter

    Dec 15, 2008
    Happy new year, all. I am helping a friend set up auto backups on a Toshiba Satellite laptop running Vista Home Premium. The backup is saved on a Seagate Expansion drive, 250 GB. The backup creates 24 .zip files. How can we confirm that the backup was successful and the docs readable? When we try to extract any of the backup files, Vista tries to open them using Word (can that be the right association?), which then advises that the backup files cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents in that "some parts are missing or invalid." I suspect that is because of the way backup files must be restored, in connection with the Catalog file created at the same time.

    However, this doesn't inspire confidence. Is there a way to save the backup files in another format so that we can easily see that they are complete and readable? Or is there an application that can read the backup zip files and make that assessment for us? Other approaches?

    Many thanks for all thoughts,
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