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#1 lechatboote

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 11:41 PM

A friend of mine, came to me with a cd he had burned something in 2003. The identifiers he had written simply said back media #3
He said he believed he had backed up copies of some pictures.

Upon loading the cd the only file accessible is a small re-me fill saying back. When you open this it says the files were backed up to this cd using a back program and that you will need to use the program to recover them.

Problem is can't see the files at all, don't remember what program he saved them in or with. He is pretty sure the program had the backup file built in, but given it was so long ago likely to be on a computer long gone.

Is there anyway to open, see, obtain or recover files you can see but you know are there? I swear my friends do this just to see if I can solve their problems and go bald pulling my hair out!

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 12:17 PM

Does it by chance say what the file types are?
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Posted 18 July 2007 - 02:46 PM

No the only thing it says is I need the back up program to open it! The only thing I can see is that notation

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 04:53 PM

Put the disk in the drive. If it autoruns, close it. Go to My Computer and Right click on the drive and select Explore. If there are any files visible, right click on one and select properties and see what info may show up
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Here is a rather lengthy list of known file extensions and their source. Perhaps looking through the list might jog your friend's memory
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Edited by garmanma, 18 July 2007 - 05:02 PM.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 11:02 AM

I appreciate the suggestions, unfortunately, as I said before you cannot see anything except the read me file.

Here is what shows when you insert the cd: Backup CD
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This disc is a backup CD.

Except for this file the contents of this disc must be
accessed using your backup software.

Since I have no way of knowing what made the back up it would appear I have no way of accessing the files, they appear to be small in number maybe 65,000 bites. He thinks they were pictures. I've have no idea what program would make a back up file instead of storing the pictures this way.

It is another hair pulling exercise I fear.
Thank you so much :thumbsup:




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