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How can I retrieve data from Vista backup?


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#1 dazedandconfused

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:36 PM

I had a Vista Home Premium machine. and started getting hang-ups and blue screens. All diagnostics/scans/searches/etc that I did, and repairman did, showed no problems with anything...until the day it just wouldn't load Windows. We decided to go ahead and invest in a newer/faster machine, which came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium - Version 6.1.7601, Service Pack 1, Build 7601, which I am trying to get going now. My problem now is:

I did weekly backups on the Vista machine using Windows built-in backup tool and putting all onto an external drive. How do I get my data files, pics, and music from the external drive in their backed-up state to my new machine? I thought I was doing well to make a really thorough backup with everything on it, but am now stumped, and really scared that everything is gone because I don't know how to get to them. Silly me, I thought I could just copy things from that drive to my new machine. I have docs related to an ongoing lawsuit that I really need. Not to mention hundreds of songs and pictures of trips that are irreplaceable.

Can anything be done? Am I thoroughly screwed? (please say no)

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:10 PM

The video howto in link below should help you.
Backup Files in Vista and Restore Them in Windows 7‏ - YouTube

Another option...using an Ubuntu Live CD...here is a howto video:
072 07 - Using The Ubuntu Live CD to Recover Files From an Un-Bootable Computer‏ - YouTube

Edited by buddy215, 21 July 2011 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:54 PM

:busy: YOU ROCK!!!! I climbed off the ledge and tried this, and will be eternally grateful for your help. (and, yep, will donate to the cause!!!) I am SO relieved!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 07:41 AM

Good to hear you saved those docs.

Another suggestion.....online email accounts such as Hot Mail, Yahoo and Gmail allow for a lot of free storage.
I make use of that and store what is valuable to me in at least two online email accounts. A safe way to quickly have
access those files in case of fire, natural disaster, theft, etc. Generally, files as large as 25 mb can be emailed freely.

Of course, there are online commercial storage sites, too.
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics...you are all stardust.”Lawrence M. Krauss
A 1792 U.S. penny, designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, reads “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.”




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