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Backup & Restore Individual files?

Q: Backup & Restore Individual files?


After doing the initial Backup, as files change on my Computer (Updates, more new files, edit old files), how do I save - backup so the old original Backup is changed accordingly without my having to do a complete Backup every time?

In other words does Backup identify new files and just copy them instead of a complete repeat of a total new Backup?


I have two Windows 7 machines, 1. 32 bit windows Home edition & 2. Windows 64 bit Ultimate. Is it the same method for both?


Preferred Solution: Backup & Restore Individual files?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Backup & Restore Individual files?

What app do you use?

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Is it possible to resotre individual files from a full Image Backup? I Created a System Image. If this is possible, how is it done?

A:Can you restore individual files from Full Image backup

You certainly can with commercial products like Acronis, but I don't know about the Windows product. I would guess you can--if you can't, that would be a major shortcoming.

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I have played around with the backup functionality; I know how to backup a system image. What I cannot figure out is how to backup individual files; when I configure the backup and drilling down into the folders, the individual files are not shown.

In XP, I backup my Outlook .pst every day (I work from home so this is important). I had a NTBACKUP job set that would backup only the .pst file every day...no problem to set up.

When trying to configure W7 backup I can drill down to C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook but the only thing that's shown in the Outlook checkbox window is "Accounts."

The .pst is not in Accounts, it's in the root of the Outlook folder.

How can I configure the backup utility to be more granular? Thanks for the help.

A:Backup doesn't allow individual files to be b'd up?

Hello Michaeld,

This may be able to allow you to select individual files.

Backup Specific Files in Vista Like NT Backup in XP - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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HI  I did a one-click backup of my Yoga 3 pro machine when I did a fresh load. It worked like a charm and was convenient. I now, however, need to get some individual files from that backup but cannot find how to do so.  I have checked several forums but have not come right. Please, can you offer some assistance? 

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Can I restore a few individual files from my scheduled Win 7 Pro b/u without restoreing/recovering all files. Have a problem with my Outlook.pst/Outlook.archive file(s) and need to restore last weeks backup of these files only ?


A:Restoring individual files from weekly backup

Try typing the name of the program in search
When it pops up, right click on it
Then go to previous version,
Does that help you?

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My question is similar. I'm new to Win7-64. I want to back up the entire system but will System Image Restore allow me to identify and restore individual files? Win7's normal back up function does that, but it doesn't save the OS and programs.


A:System Image Recovery allow me to identify & restore individual files?

Hello Mark, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but when doing a System Image Recovery, you will not be able to pick and choose individual files and folders. It's an all or none deal.

However, you could use the tutorial below to manaully extract individual files and folders from within the system image if you like.System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
Hope this helps,

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 

The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

A:Vista Backup and Restore - Mediaid.bin problem cant restore from backup on Seagate USB drive-backup location not found

If you get the following error when restoring your backup to its original HD (see error code bellow)Error Description:When you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message: The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: The backup file could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). and the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted or lost, then use the following instructions for rebuilding it:1.Unzip the sdutil.zip file and rename it from sdutil.ex_ to sdutil.exe2.Copy the sdutil.exe to the root of the driver which contains the backup files3.Open the folder Catalogs located bellow the folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx?4.Copy the file GlobalCatalog.wbcat to the root of this HD5.Go to Start -> Execute and type CMD.exe6.At this ?DOS? window type: sdutil mediaid GlobalCatalog.wbcat [HD letter (as an example D:\)]7.A new MediaID.bin is created8.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore an older backup created in this machine9.If done: it?s over!10.If it fails: Map a network driver at your LAN11.Copy the MediaId.bin file to the root of the previous mapped LAN driver12.Copy the whole folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx? to this same driver13.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore backup created in another mach... Read more

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I have a Win 7 Enterprise Pro x64 laptop. Most of the files in my recycler/recycle bin mysteriously disappeared a few days back (I am guessing some OS quirk since desktop.ini also seems to have been modified then, though everything is still running smoothly).

So I want to get those files back. In my weekly backup to an external HDD using Win 7's built-in Backup and Restore I thought I have the recycler backed up:
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Options > Change Backup Settings > Select where you want to save your backup > Where do you want to back up?: Let me choose > What do you want to back up?: Computer, Local Disk (C:, $RecycleBin is checked (my HD is partitioned and I also have the D: $RecycleBin selected here)

But when I select
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Restore my files > Browse for files (or Browse for folders)
I get a explorer like screen which lists in the title bar,
Backup on <location> > Backup of C:
and lists all other folders I checked off in the Backup in the last paragraph but not the $RecycleBin folder.

Note that I have "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" selected and "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked in folder options (so for example ProgramData is listed in the folders in the last paragraph). I also am able to restore other files from my backup so I am rather sure the backup is not corrupted.

Is there someway to find and restore the recycler files or is this... Read more

A:Backup and Restore: restore files in Recycler (Win7 Enterprise x64)

Sorry to bump this but hoping someone might have a suggestion on this (or even to tell me that it is not possible to restore files from the recycler)

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I'm on the hunt for a piece of software, or a function within Windows 7, that will allow me to:

1. Schedule a backup of just a single folder
2. Automatically overwrite (or ignore unchanged files) at the destination

Aaaaaand . . . . that's it. I poked around with a couple of different applications, but I wasn't able to select a directory as a source, only a disk drive. Anyone know what I should do?

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Hi there,

My work laptop was being changed from a Dell to a Lenovo and I was using Windows Backup & Restore to backup my important documents and emails. I took a final backup to my external hard drive before handing my old laptop to IT.

Once I restored all my files I noticed the following;

1. Some files were not the latest versions, i.e. they were a month old.
2. Some subfolders simply weren't there. I had two subfolder in one of my folders and only one was resotred and not the other. I made sure that I restored from the latest backup file.

Any ideas why this happened? I have lost faith in this program and am now looking for alternate soultions.

A:Restore from backup didn't restore all files

I have no idea why it happened, but here are some alternatives for file and folder backup:

Karen's Replicator


Second Copy




None of these back up your Windows installation---they are for individual files and folders only.

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Hi, I had critical errors occur that kept me from logging onto my windows account (the only profile on my computer was the admin account) on my 32bit vista home premium install. This forced me to do a complete wipe and restore from the startup menu and I made a backup when prompted to in the process of the complete restore. I have this backup folder on my external hd but I can't seem to restore the files from it. I found some tutorials on the forums about restoring from a "backup set" but my backup can't be found using the backup and restore center. The folder on my hd is called "G:\MINWINPC\Backup Files 2010-11-18 182844" and I can't seem to figure out how to restore from it.

Issue solved.

A:System restore backup files won't restore

Hi convert,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Here's an article on the restore procedure: Restore Backup Files

Just to make sure you're doing it right. It's a selective restore of a full or selective backup (not a complete restore of a complete backup) - but since you did a full backup it matches your process closer than a complete restore would.

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions

I also found the following (but don't know if it's true or not):

1. After starting "Backup and Restore Center"
2. I selected "Advanced Restore"
3. I wasn't asked for an Administrator password....maybe because my account is an administrator account.
4. Selected "Files from a backup made on a different computer"
5. In the Dialog stating "Select the location of the backup to restore", select "Hard disk, CD or DVD......"
6. Under the drop-down box, select your drive/partition and continue
7. If there are any backups on your drive, it will show a list of them.
8. In my case, it did show a backup but in backup location, it will show "Backup location is not available."
9. I was frustrated but then I somehow just selected that backup(yes....even though it said that the Backup location is not available"
10. and pressed "Next"
11. Guess what....not error!!!!!
12. A window showed up asking me whether I wanted to perform comp... Read more

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Mod Edit:  Merged separate topics re same issues/system - Hamluis.
Wife's 64-bit Vista HP laptop, which has been junk ever since we got it a few years ago, is stuck on the latest Microsoft update.  Everytime we try to start the laptop, it goes to the update screen, gets to update #3 of 3, then says "welcome" very quickly, before saying "Windows is now shutting down".  Then, it doesn't shut down.  The screen goes black, briefly, and the cycle starts over.  I've tried starting in Safe Mode (all 3 options), and still get stuck on the update cycle. 
I did a disk check.  Took hours, but didn't help. 
I went to system recovery, and then selected system restore, but it said I had to leave system recovery to start system restore, but didn't explain how to get to system restore w/o going through system recovery.
When I did get a pop-up that asked if I wanted to restore to an earlier date, I clicked "yes", but nothing happened.
At one point, I got somewhere that asked for a password, but she has no idea what the password is.  We tried all her usual passwords.
Now, I do have an external HD which I backed up her laptop with, several months ago, but I have no idea if that will help, or how?  And would she lose anything since that back-up, if we were able to use that?
I can't download anything on her laptop, and can't ever get to the start button.
It worked when she first turned it on this morning, but she has this weather add-on tha... Read more

A:If I do System Recovery, Will backup files restore current files/settings?

Update:  Still not working, but I was able to get to the recovery screen, and I am currently backing up to an external HD.  Any way I can use this to get the laptop going again?  Or, if I do system recovery, returning to factory settings, can I then use this backup to recover everything?
I've never had to use a backup for anything...

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I have an external hard drive that has two sets of backups (using Win 7 Backup & Restore). One set of backups is for my current PC (running Win10 after upgrade from Win 7) and another set of backups is for my previous PC (running Win 7). I'd like to look for something in the backups of the previous PC but I can't see how to get Win 7 Backup & Restore to access the older backups.

Is this doable?

-- Larry

A:Restore Files from Backup of Different PC ?

How to explore or browse Files backed up using Windows Backup? - Super User

How to Recover Specific Files from a Windows System Image
may help.

Don't know for sure if doing this with an image from another system would present any difficulties as I don't use this-sorry - I use Macrium Reflect as it's more comprehensive and flexible.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Celeron(R) Dual-Core CPU T3500 @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3032 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 7 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 183295 MB, Free - 154889 MB; D: Total - 273973 MB, Free - 273286 MB;
Motherboard: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., RV410/RV510/S3510/E3510 , Not Applicable, 123490EN400015
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Hi recently i had to use samsung recovery to restore my laptop, before the recovery began i was advised to back up any files i wanted to keep as this would clear everything from the laptop, after doing this, and after the recovery prosess, i now have a smooth running laptop but i dont know where to find or how to restore these back up files. please can you help me.
Many thanks

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My daughter's friend's computer was riddled with viruses and I offered to help. I got down to one virus (internet speed monitor toolbar at the left of internet explorer) and tried to run combofix. I somehow parlayed combofix into a \windows\system32\config\system error and could not boot to windows. I then restored windows xp home edition which gave me the option to save all personal files in C:\My Backup -- 08-01-05 0832PM. The computer now boots but I am unsure of how to restore the personal files and settings. Any help will be appreciated.

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I had to reinstall Vista Business x32 on my computer to solve several issues. Prior to doing so I did a complete backup to an external HD. When I go to restore, I can find the drive and the file but I get the error code 0x80070015. I goggled for help and found this:get error code 0x80070015 when I try to backup win.7 which I tried. In safe mode I am told that the restore feature is available. The second part of it I have no idea as to what is being said. Any suggestions as to how to get my files back?


A:Restore files from backup

Did you try the restore while you were in safe mode?


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I had a series of issues and had to reinstall Vista. Required taking PC apart and removing HDDs C (operation) and D (backup). Long story short I installed Vista onto D (backup) instead of C.

In the process of moving, copying and deletiing files, I found a Backup Set 2010-06-25 which has two subfolders - a Backup File 2010-10-03 (which has 113 compressed folders) and a Catalogs. In the Catalogs folder is a single GlobalCatalog file. The 113 folders areGlobalCatalog file is dated and timestamped sequentially.

When I click on GlobalCatalog it opens Backup Status and Restore, but it says there are no backups available on this computer.

I tried copying the 113 folders onto a different drive but I get the same result with Advanced Restore - no backup files on the drive.

I'd REALLY love to get these files back. Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Backup Files can't restore

You could try some of the options listed here.

TestDisk - CGSecurity

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My folder is:

It has all my documents, photos, etc. from a PC that I converted to Win 10 and gave a family member. But I can't seem to get the file to open on my own Win 10 Pro laptop.
Is there a program, command or process that will allow to restore all my files to this laptop?

Thanks in advance,

A:Need to restore files to Win 10 from Win 7 backup-is this possible?

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If this for Windows Backup and not a System Image, then you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to extract the files from the backup.

Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

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My folder is:

It has all my documents, photos, etc. from a PC that I converted to Win 10 and gave a family member. But I can't seem to get the file to open on my own Win 10 Pro laptop.
Is there a program, command or process that will allow to restore all my files to this laptop?

Thanks in advance,

A:Need to restore files to Win 10 from Win 7 backup-is this possible?

Hello Jeff, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If this for Windows Backup and not a System Image, then you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to extract the files from the backup.

Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

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1-Have a full back up of all files (7 DVDs)
2-Clea re-install of W7 Professional due to crashes

When I try to resore my back up:
"Retore encountered a problem while validating zip file: (contents of disc is shown in detial..files 20.zip)"
"The backup file could not be found (0X8100001A)

A:Cannot restore files from W7 Backup

Found this information for you:

This problem may occur because the Mediaid.bin file is missing. The Mediaid.bin file may be missing if you moved the backup directory to another location.

If the backup directory is on a different drive or on a different file share, and the original backup location is still available, follow these steps to resolve the problem:
Locate the root directory of the drive or the file share where the backup was originally stored.
Copy the Mediaid.bin file.
Locate the root directory of the location where the backup is currently stored.
Paste the Mediaid.bin file.

For example, if the original backup location is drive D, and the backup was moved to drive E, copy the Mediaid.bin file that is located in the root directory of drive D to the root directory of drive E.
Try to restore another backup file.
If the backup location is inaccessible, or if the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS) for help rebuilding the Mediaid.bin file.

Error message when you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer: "The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: 0x8100001A"

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I have three DVD's with backup files on they were all created at the same time back in 2006. they are files from an external each disk has two files on and they number from 1 to 6.
I want to restore the files onto an external I just purchased, so I downloaded the trial version of backup NOW! EZ.
the files are now recognised, but still not restoring. when I double click the first file the program opens, I change the destination drive nad click restore - nothing is showing in any of the boxes at this time - and it tells me I need to select a valid project. So I click on the folder symbol and select the DVD drive, it only shows the disk as DOCS. I click on it and the box clears but nothing shows in the restore pg, I click restore and it them says failed to restore...
any suggestions on what to do now?

A:Help to restore .NBF backup files from DVD

Please anyone, if I have posted in the incorrect area - please put me right.
I have also spotted a few errors in my original request - the DVD's were from 2009 (not 06)
the external I brought is to replace the one that crashed (the DVD's are the back up of it)
I have tried opening them several times, with no luck.
should it matter in which order I open them?
do I need to have them all open at the same time?
what am I doing wrong?
any other program that I could use to try opening them?
please and thank you

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How do I restore .NBF files that NTI Backup Now Deluxe 3.0 won't restore? I have had to reinstall Win98se and had backup up all important data to find out that I cannot get to it!

Is there any other way to get to that data?


A:Help! My backup .NBF files won't restore!

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Ok, I'll explain my situation:

So I have a macbook pro, and I use bootcamp to install Windows 7 on a partition. I prefer Windows, so the Windows partition is larger than OS X, though I find it advantageous to have both. Anyway, I recently picked up Windows 7 Ultimate, and at the time I had 7 Home Premium on the partition. I backed up everything, deleted the partition, etc etc.

The first time I installed 7 Ultimate, everything worked out, but I wanted to make the partition bigger again. So, I backed up what I had on 7 Ultimate, formatted the partition, then made it larger. Blah, blah, blah, reinstalled Ultimate, everything is working fine. Now, trying to restore my files this time, I'll go to backup and restore and it won't show my external hard drive as a backup and restore location when I click "select another backup to restore files from". So, I dragged the backup from my hard drive to the desktop to see if I could do that at all. Still nothing, even when I click on the backup itself, it will ask restore files or cancel and I click restore files, then it just brings up the backup location window again.

Is my only option to browse each backup file individually and bring them onto the computer? I have about 47 zip files in the backup. PLEASE help, I'm getting very frustrated.

A:Cannot restore backup files

You are probably best advised to do it manually. All Windows backup facilities are capririous - that's why I never use them any more. There are much better options.

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Recently purchased a new HP Envy Desktop. Backed up the old computer to DVD+R discs (22 discs, hundreds of .wim files). Need to know how to recover these files to the new machine.

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I had a boot sector error and had to reinstall Windows 7 because the repair option didn't work (3 times). For some reason, even though I created a backup of the OS, the vhd file wasn't being accepted as the backup and I had to start from scratch. In the reinstall, I was given an option to backup the files so I did...

3 files were created: .pch, 001.pce, and 002.pce and each file is approx 2 GB. How do I open these files? I did some research and didn't come to a conclusion because backup files are supposed to be .bkf

I was able to mount the vhd file and recover some of the files in there, but I still need some very important docs from the current backup, which is hidden in those files. Anybody know how I can open them?

Please, please help! I would appreciate it very much. Documents are court case files!

A:Solved: How to restore backup files? .pch and .pce

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Approx. 2 weeks ago I made a complete backup of my important files (D:/) on my Pendrive. But, Now when I try restore my backup files on Windows XP Service Pack 2 OS, then, it gives me error message like ‘backup files contains unrecognized media and ….’.

If anyone has idea to extract files from Pen Drive, please suggest

Thanks much

A:How to Restore Windows Backup Files

Hello techamni, and welcome to TSG...

How did you do the backup?

Did you use a backup program application. If so, what program?


Did you simply copy the files to the pin drive?

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My computer, Dell Inspiron 1440 w/Win 7, had a problem. I it back to operating and now I'm trying to restore the DSB file. When I run the Backup application it lets me choose which files to restore and where, runs through it, but it comes up restoration failure: this device is not ready. I've run Windows update but don't know what else to do. Help!

A:Restore DSB files from Emergency Backup

Did you find an answer to this problem? I have the same one!

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My daughter's friend's computer was riddled with viruses and I offered to help. I got down to one virus (internet speed monitor toolbar at the left of internet explorer) and tried to run combofix. I somehow parlayed combofix into a \windows\system32\config\system error and could not boot to windows. I then restored windows xp home edition which gave me the option to save all personal files in C:\My Backup -- 08-01-05 0832PM. The computer now boots but I am unsure of how to restore the personal files and settings. Any help will be appreciated.

A:Solved: How do I restore backup files?

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If you've ever backed up your files and been unable to access the data you know it can be very frustrating.  Often times users will attempt to retrieve their data from the discs only to find that one of the discs does not work.  At first glance this appears to mean that you can not get back to your data.  Luckily there is a workaround.This thread applies to backup CDs created using the "backup" feature of the HP System Recovery available through the F11 menu during boot.  For more information on this feature take a look at this document. You will need to download and install 7-ZIP.  Here is a direct link to their site. After installing 7-ZIP launch the program and navigate to your CD drive.  You should then see a series of files named *number*.WIM.  Double click on the first of these files and it will open showing your C: drive.  You can then navigate through the files and select the ones you'd like to keep.  To keep the files simply select them and click the "extract" button at the top of the application.

A:I can't restore my backup files. How can I retrieve them?

I hope some of you find this helpful!   

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I just used "system restore with backup" on my Windows XP SP2 eMachine T3104 because the computer was missing a startup dll file. I am back in windows, but the Hard Drive C: says that there are only 252MB left out of 90GB. I checked the six folders in the C:Drive and only one of the folders, "Backup Folder:, says it has 27GB in it.

Two questions:

1. where are the other 63GB?
2. Where are my files. I performed a search for .jpg and .mp3 and could not find any of my files I had on the PC. So how can I recover the files?

I tried using the System Restore function but it is looking for a .bkf file and there isn't one!

A:XP system restore with backup - where are my files???

Try going to My Computer open it select your C: drive right click on it then select properties click on Disk Cleanup check all then click on ok. This may take some time. This will clean up your hard drive. When you are done with that also try CCleaner, this will do the same as above but it will do a more in-depth cleaning of your hard drive (Note do not use the Registry Cleaner on CCleaner not recommended by us Microsoft Support Team) Which is all safe.

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Hi all,
I have recently had to reinstall vista on my laptop but I have a problem reinstalling all of my files to their original location from an external hard drive. I used the vista backup and restore centre feature to backup the files, but I can't restore the files using the restore feature. the files are definitely on the external hard drive at different backup dates but I keep getting a message that the backup files can't be found-check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). can anyone help please as nothing seems to be working although to my own admission I'm not very good with computers. why can't Microsoft make things easy for people like me. what could be simpler than a backup button to back up files and a restore button to restore them.



A:Unable to restore files from backup

Hello BRO,
Take a look at this item, it may help.

Error message when you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer: "The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: 0x8100001A"

Good luck and post your results.

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I recently purchased Windows 7 Professional. I went with professional instead of home premium because both were $30 (student discount) and I thought a clean install of windows (current version: vista home premium) shouldn't be too hard.

I decided to partition my hard drive however, to dual boot vista and windows 7. The reason I did this was to make sure I got everything restored onto the Windows 7 partition before deleting vista.

But, I just found out that Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore isn't available on Vista Home Premium, which I find absurd. Does anyone know how I can go about restoring all my files onto Windows 7? Am I stuck doing everything manually?

A:Backup and restore files onto Windows 7?

Assuming you have already installed Windows 7 onto one partition and Vista is on another and you want to restore your personal files to the Windows 7 partition, then yes--restore them manually. Typically by drag and drop or send or whatever your normally use.

If you are not talking about personal files, that is another question.

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Hi all,

Hoping for a bit of advice regarding using backups to restore data.
I have recently had a partial HDD failure on my data drive, it is not fully backed up but my essentials are.
I am currently xcopying the contents to a replacement HDD (which seems like it is going to take several hours as every times it hits a bad file it sits around for a few minutes deciding what to do...).

Looking at the output I would estimate 2 - 5% of the files are failing CRC, other files seems to be copying across so far but of these some are also corrupted (somehow without CRC errors ) - such as noticeably corrupt .jpgs that have grey/random colours for the bottom part of the image).
Basically to summarise I'm not exactly sure how bad the damage is.

When the copy is completed I want to restore from backup anything I can but I am not sure how to determine what to copy over.

I have the following situations:

Non-backed up files - These are non-essentials e.g. games saves, nice to have but not the end of the world.
If they are corrupt I should probably remove them (is there a way to tell / do this)?
Otherwise keep them.


Backed up files - Photos and other docs.
My backup is recent enough but there will have been some changes since.
I would dump the whole backup out but I want to keep any files that are more recent than the backup but not corrupted - how can I tell?

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Ok, so recently I had to reformat my Windows 8 Pro ultrabook. I tried to refresh the OS, restore from a previous restore point and reinstall the OS before I had to format it. Unfortunately none of the previous methods worked as I could not get past an unending start up screen or a blue screen error. When I tried to reinstall the OS it backed up all my user files to an external hard drive in an .inp file format. In that folder location it also created a migr.xml and include.xml file. After going through the include.xml file in a text editor I saw all my files that were lost were in the .inp archives. Is there anyway to retrieve those files?

A:Anyway to restore files from an .inp backup from reformat?

I know this is about a year too late, but if anyone else runs into this problem (like I did) there is a simple solution. Go to this dell website:
and download the MigRestore software, this will enable you to recover the INP.files within your backup folder. Dell Backup and Restore software will not recover files that contain the XML document files which is a major flaw of course.  
I spend hours looking for the solution, so hopefully this will save someone some time. 

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I backed up my My Document files using XP Home Edition to an external HD using the Backup utility program included with the OS. I installed XP Pro on my notebook and ran the Restore files, and files are missing. For example, in My Pictures, the subfolders are there, but not the pictures in the subfolders. But I don't have these problems with My Music files.

Is there anything I can do to find these missing files particulary my pictures, or are they lost. Got any ideas of salvaging them?

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Using Win 7 Backup & Restore. During a backup, filenames are flashed right below the progress bar.

Are these the names of files being included in the backup?

I see tons of filenames of files that should not be backed up since they have never changed. I know that for a base level (terminology?) all files would be included but in the subsequent incremental backups only changed files should be included.

So, why do I see so many filenames for unchanged files during an incremental backup?

-- Larry

A:Win 7 Backup & Restore Including Unchanged Files?

I don't use Windows Backup and Restore, but my guess would be that what you are seeing is simply an analysis of the files that's necessary for comparison purposes. NOT files that are being written to a disk. Only a portion of those analyzed will be written---those that are new and those that are modified. Which can only be determined after a comparison.

I could be entirely wrong, but that's how backup apps generally work. Read all, compare all, write some.

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I was using Vista 32 bit and have everything backed up using the Windows backup tool. My 32 bit computer is completely disabled and I now have a 64 bit machine. When I try to restore my information, it gives me an error (0x80070015) and says restore did not complete and the device is not ready. Is it possible to get my files onto the new computer? If my old system were functioning I'd just manually move everything over, but that's not an option.

A:Solved: can't restore backup files to new computer

The Windows backup will NOT work across versions. Each version will only work the version it was made with.
I think you need to find a 32bit machine and see if your backup will restore there.

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I have a Gateway NV78 running windows 7 home premium 64 bit OS. I can't create restore points or do image backups on this computer. Plenty of room on C: drive and on the external drive I?m backing up to for image backups. When I try to create a restore point, I get the error 'The restore point could not be created for the following reason The specified object was not found (0x80042308). It runs for about two minutes before this message. I see under the event log the following errors:
volsnap 14 - shadow copies of volume C: were aborted because of an IO failure on volume C
Ntfs 57 - The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.
atapi 11 - The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0
I have always had problems with this computer concerning backups and restore points.
I have taken the following steps:
1. Did a fresh intall of the entire system from the Gateway factory installed partition. Tried to back up - no go.
2. Disabled all firewalls and antivirus software
3. run chkdsk \R - disk is clean.
4. Ran SFC \scannow - file system is clean.
5. Got into services and made sure that VSS and SPP were set to run automatically. Stopped both and restarted. Still no go.
5. Checked vssadmin - All writers are OK before attempting to set restore point. Microsoft is the only provider. After attemping to create restore point, the following writers have timed out: task scheduler writer, system writer, WMI writer, COM+ REGDB writer, MS Servic... Read more

A:Can't create restore points or backup files

Hello mag45, welcome to Seven Forums!

I'm not much help with your issue right now I'm afraid, so I'm just going to put this out there for you to consider; I would suggest a complete wipe of the Hard Disk Drive but that will over-write all data on the HDD for good.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media; if you can find an exact Windows version that the PC shipped with you can do a clean install using the activation key on the COA sticker attached to the PC though it may require a robo-call to MS to sort the OEM batch-key.

How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone

If you can't find an exact same version, you could use the info in this tutorial to create an "all versions" installer of any version Windows installer, to install using the same method I posted above.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

After you have made backups of everything you care to save, the best method is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) of the entire Hard Disk Drive first, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old drivers/programs, giving you the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

You may also care to have a look at this tutorial at the link below, especially Method Two, just in case you find a solution the issue.

System Restore Point : Create at System Startup

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Restore does not locate Acer backup files located on external drive calledNEW Backup 2014-11-07 20-34-58_C 1NBF.Drivers have been updated.Files are on drive however do not appear for selection in Acer Restore.Using windows 8.Your assistance would be appreciated as information is important and I had expected this regular backup would work.Thank you

A:Restore does not locate by Acer backup files on ex...

Here are a few articles that help using the backup utility:
I hope this helps or solves the issue. If not, please inform me how you created your backup and I can research this further for you.  

Important Links: US Driver Downloads | Knowledge Base Articles | Service LocationsRemember to mark posts that resolved your issue with Accept as Solution.You can even mark multiple posts in a single thread. This will make it easier for others to find the same information.

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I am having problems restoring outlook 2003 .pst files to another machine. Duplicate folders are being created and I cant work out why

1st machine is running outlook 2003 on vista and I want to copy everything including message rules and account settings and replicate the original set up of outlook with all the folders etc and make an identical image on the XP machine also running outlook 2003.

Is there a simple way or program that will easily replicate everything and restore it all to the 2nd machine without changing folders or creating copy personal folders ? So that both machines show identical layouts and have identical settings and message rules

Also is there a reliable program or method of finding duplicate emails in outlook 2003 in several folders and removing them or moving them to a separate folder ?

A:Outlook 2003 Backup & Restore pst files

reply from d
try you tube seach

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Hi, if anyone can help, that would be awesome.

Had a Cryptolocker attack last Friday, encrypted all my files on my computer, so lost the lot.

Cryptolocker is now removed, but when I tried to open up my outlook email program it kept saying that the .PST file cannot be found and then Outlook shuts down again automatically.

I tried to restore my files (and I'm hoping my .PST email file) from a backup I did about 3 weeks ago, but when I try and restore the files from that, I get another message saying:
"Restore encountered a problem while validating the zip file: "NAME OF FILE". The backup file could not be found......."

My laptop is an Acer Aspire 5742G and I'm running Windows 7 and Outlook 2010. The back up is on an external 1TB harddrive.

Help please!

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Well I had to restore my computer. I had a pretty bad virus and I didn't want to bother removing it. I created a backup of My Documents and everything through the computer.

When I went to access these documents gives me a box which says:

C:\My Backup -- 10-05-30 0836PM\Documents and Settings\Owner is not accessible.
Access is denied.

So after combing google, I tried to enter safemode (I'm on XP Home) and give it permissions or whatever via the security tab. I wasn't sure which account to use (there were two when I loaded safemode, Administrator and Owner). I tried administrator first and when I gave it all the permissions, it froze. Same thing with owner when I tried it today.

Do I have any other options? I really would like some of that stuff back.

Thanks in advance!

A:Had to restore computer, can't access backup files

So you tried to "take ownership" of the folder and all it's contents? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Are you saying that the folder is on the new computer now, or is it "stuck" on an external drive? If on an external drive I'd try using the command prompt's XCOPY command.

xcopy "e:\folder\*" c:\test /cevwh /g
(this will copy everything from folder (on the E drive) to a folder named ?test? on the C drive.

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Not sure if this is possible but, my grandma backed up her laptop (then running windows 7 home) to her external hard drive, about two days ago, her computer stopped working and I had to reinstall windows 7, she then upgraded to windows 8 and asked if she could get her files back, I said I could try, is there some way to restore them? or at least access the backup info and somehow copy the files to there respectful places? NOTE: On her external hard drive are some hdd images, could I use those or no?

A:Solved: restore files from a windows 7 backup?

SOLVED! For anyone else's reference, just select the file with your computer name and voila, all your files.

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I am trying to find some documents on a back up on my Flash drive. I have the folder MINWINPC and within that I have Backup1 and Backup.2.fbw but I can't open them.

I have tried from Recovery Manager and that does not give me an option to restore just these files.

Please help

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So I just got a new computer, and I'm attempting to migrate all my files from the old computer's hard drive to the new one. So I'll list what I have tried so far:
System Image Backup: I made a system image backup of my old hard drive using the built-in Windows tool, thinking I could just pop my external hard drive into my new computer, restore from the image, and I would be good to go, right? WRONG. Apparently, Windows frowns upon using a system image from one device on another one. So that failed.Third party backup software: I've tried EaseUS and Acronis True Image, and both failed.
EaseUS: When I started the backup, the time to completion for the backup just kept going up, with no progress.Acronis True Image: the program starts the backup and gets stuck at 8.89 GB, refuses to go any further. Yes, I tried formatting and running a CHKDSK on the external hard drive. Still failed.Simple File Backup: This is where I am now. From the articles I've read, most of them only explain how to restore ONE file.

So my question to you all: Is there ANY way to simultaneously restore all of my files to my new hard drive at once? Because there is no WAY I'm doing it one by one.

Alternatively, if anyone knows of another way to create and restore a system image, that would be great as well.

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