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By Steve Smalley ·
We have a laptop which blue screened. We managed to connect the hard drive as a slave to another system and ran the backup program which comes with Windows XP. The backup and verify worked ok, however when we have come to restore the data after running the recovery CD's to re-build the laptop it is telling us that the backup contains unrecognisable data, and cannot be used.

IS THERE ANY WAY OF GETTING DATA OFF THIS BACKUP SET. THIS IS VERY URGENT!!!!

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Corrupt XP backup

If you successfully hooked the drive up to another system, I would not use back-up form XP or any other type of program. Rather, I would suggest that you use a replicating program to offload whatever data files you find important - file by file or directory by directory - whatever is called for.

This may not be elegant, but the file transfer of files by the operating system is far more tolerent and less subject to error.

Good luck.

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by Steve Smalley In reply to Corrupt XP backup

Thanks, this sort of information might have been useful 2 days ago before i ran the backup and re-imaged the hard drive.

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by F-Baer In reply to Corrupt XP backup

sorry, but i don?t know what you have done, when you have an access to the hd as slave, why you don?t have made a simple copie of your data? by restore switch don?t overwrite existing files?? before you made a backup try chkdsk /r d:, (the slave hd).
hth a little
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by Steve Smalley In reply to Corrupt XP backup

Because of disk space limitations I was unable to simply copy the files, I had to use compression, msbackup for xp seemed the logical answer. In future I will simply copy to another PC or other servers.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Corrupt XP backup

What BSOD error were you getting?

Did you try booting into Safe Mode, and then running System Restore?

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by Steve Smalley In reply to Corrupt XP backup

It was a failure to call the login procedure, I tried restoring last known good configuration as well as safe mode and they were giving me the same blue screen

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by RCOM In reply to Corrupt XP backup

You should restore the data in the exact same way you did the backup. If you used the recovery CD the backup isn't going to work. Before you panic and give up please let us know what the BSOD error message was. The OS is probably repairable. If you can get the system back to the satate is was in when the error occurred I'm sure if everyone puts thier collective heads together we'll be able to get you through this.

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by Steve Smalley In reply to Corrupt XP backup

we did the backup from another PC since we were unable to get into XP at all on the laptop. We have since run the recovery CD and then used data recovery tools as well as an old backup (11 Apr 03) to recover what we estimate to be 90-95% of the data, but we have no real way of making sure.

Basically what i am after is, is there a way of pulling any information from a corrupt MSBACKUP file for windows XP. Most people I have spoke to have given me a negative answer to this, however I'm hoping there may be a tool available which is not known about.

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by shasca In reply to Corrupt XP backup

I've used Getdataback to see the contents of several corrupted drives. You can download it for free, scan the drive and if you can see the files on the drive then you can buy the licensed version for $80. It's worth it we have saved files off CD's, Hardrives, and floppies with it.

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by Steve Smalley In reply to Corrupt XP backup

Thanks, we used Filescavenger pro, and got most of the data back, however I am certain we have missed some due to the recovery CD overwriting sectors with the Operating system. Hence I would still like to retrieve whatever data I can from the corrupt backup file.

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