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    Windows Backup

    I need to access some old backup files: three 5.25 inch floppies with files "pcbackup.001"/002/003... Fortunately I have saved, for reasons heretofore not apparent to me, my old 5.25 floppy drive, and it does seem to work!

    Unfortunately, Win98 backup (a seagate backup program by all appearances) does not recognize these files as containing anything...

    Are these files actually MSBackup files, or do they come from some other program which used a similar naming convention?

    Are there any utilities which look in old backup files (Powerdesk has a file viewer but it doesn't seem to do anything with these files)?

    I appreciate the ususal experts assistance!

    Richard

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    Re: Windows Backup

    Unfortunately ALL previous versions are NOT readable by ANY of the newer versions. This IS and HAS been the reason why I never used MS backup. I think you may be up the creek as one would say.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Backup

    If the data on your backups is critical, and you're prepared to pay, you should be able to get it back. You'll need to find a business that does data recovery. They commonly deal with dead drives and media conversions. Your problem should be routine for them. But their services usually don't come cheap.
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    Re: Windows Backup

    The 5 1/4" floppies and the name suggest your backup might have been created by the program PC Backup, part of PC Tools, a suite of utilities from ?Central Point Software?. That company and its programs have not been around for quite a few years -- bought out by Symantec?? Maybe you've still got the disks in a shoebox somewhere. Or take your check book to a data recovery bureau.

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    Re: Windows Backup

    In addition to what Dave said, PCBacup is (or was) DOS-based program. That means, it may or may not run under Windows. Check your attic or garage, and if you found your old computer (or at least PCTools and DOS installation diskettes) the chances are you can restore your backup. One more thing: it is better to restore it to separate hard drive (or partition) with bootable DOS installation on it.

    BTW, you can buy PCTools for $7 from http://www.kewlone.com/

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