Vista backup files .fbw?

By butchy1104 ·
I recently had to reinstall Vista Premium on my laptop because it wouldn't boot to Windows. Before I did this, I had an option to backup my media files ie: music, pictures, documents. I had to use an external hard drive to do this. After I finished reinstalling Vista, I tried to restore these files onto my laptop. On my external HD, there is a folder called MINWINPC containing 15 .fbw files the first file being a .exe file. When I try to restore these files using the restore feature on Vista, it does not locate these files on my external HD. When I try to run the .exe file, it asks me to "insert the last disk." I cannot find any solution for this problem on any Vista board anywhere on the Net. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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HP Recovery is a bunch of Sh!t

by hanzoumeda In reply to i dunno if a coincidence ...

we ought to gather support from other victims of this bullsh and file a class action lawsuit.

The recovery only gave me one file which is Backup.002.fwb with a Backup.1.exe file to open it. I backed up a lot of sh and it was all compressed into 3.99GB?! That's a bunch of sh.

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HP Recovery is a buch of crap

by globalee In reply to HP Recovery is a bunch of ...

Yeah i am with u class action lawsuit. I have been victimized of the same shat and was on the phone with HP tech support for about 2hrs demanding that they do something.
They said it will cost $59 and they could assist me in trying to recover but no guarantee. HP it absolutely preposterous. Let's push this lawsuit, i'm all for it!

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The Solution is in the properties tab in vista

by arga.sam In reply to Thks Troy: BUT SOLUTION ...

if the files do restore but do not open...then all that is required is to right click on the folder go to the properties tab and then go to security and add your current user as one with full access...and this should do the did it for me!!

Gud luck

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FBW Solution? Really!

by tidoo2001 In reply to A simple solution for you ...

So Troy,
I have to ask... How does renaming these "FBW" files allow the backup software to recognize the folder and/or the files? My files were backed up to an external HD before restoring Vista with self made restore disks. Using conventional or advanced restore procedures has failed on every level. I even copied all the files to my C drive at HP's recommendation. Now HP refuses to return my calls or emails. I have 16 files all about 3.86GB each and one Backup001.exe that are totally useless at this moment.

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by troy In reply to FBW Solution? Really!

The softthinks restore program looks for the backup files by tag, or name, and as the first ones have a 00 at the front, it keeps searching using the criteria.
The code in the app searches for Backup.00*.fbw, and then organises it's findings in ascending order.
It then knows where to finish as the final entry, backup.0016.fbw as an example, is coded into the .exe program.
I hope this is enough to assist you in understanding how and why the solution should work, and why the original set does not.


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People, don't erase

by butchy1104 In reply to Identifying

Troy's solution worked for me. I know that for most of you it doesn't. But no matter what HP tells you, these files ARE recoverable. Don't erase them because I have a feeling a solution will be forthcoming and it's better to be safe than sorry.

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Thank you again TROY.

by massimiliano.campelli In reply to Identifying

That is the solution of a free and open mind. You are able to watch a problem from different views.
I'm a little bit jealous that you find a solution before me :)
So, another big "THANK YOU!",
this time from Italy.

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by dlewis In reply to A simple solution for you ...

Everybody chant...TROY....TROY....TROY !!! I happened on this site after a google search and am I ever glad I did. I too backed up over 230 GB from my tower's hard drive onto a USB drive and had the same issues. Couldn't get anything to work. I copied the files from the external drive to my newly cleared internal drive then added a 0 to all file names starting with 010. The recovery program then recognized the files. 7 hours later I have all of my important files back. Thank you VERY much for your suggestion Troy !! You are the man !!!!!

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How to get to my private data files ???

by lamant In reply to A simple solution for you ...

Dear Troy,

I also have this problem. I can't get to my private data files which were saved by the HP Recovery Manager. I also tried all the solutions which were given here, for example I added the zeros in the file names. But the .exe-file doesn't react.

Perhaps you can help me?

Sorry for my english...

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Found what worked for me...

by rebafan In reply to A simple solution for you ...

Thanks to locbones on the HP forums... (not sure if I am allowed to send links for sites off of ) They said this:
"Situation 2: You have less than 10 "FBW" files, or 1 large file, in which they are too big for a cd/dvd/blue-ray/. You receive a message, "Please insert Disc #1":

Solution 2: You must make sure all of your "FBW" files have no 0's in them, they must read backup.2.fbw, backup.3.fbw, etc. Make sure you have the file msvcr71.dll(preferrably in the same folder as your backup files). Make sure the backup.1.exe file is in the same folder with your backup files(whether its on the external hard drive or the PC shouldnt matter, as long as they are together)

Quick Summary: 80+% of the problems(ignoring the ridiculously long backup/restoral time) with this program is how it looks for the backup files. It does not let you select where the files are, instead automatically looks for the SPECIFIC file name. Therefore, due to the program's mechanics, removing the 0's or adding them is ESSENTIAL to allowing the program to find the backup files correctly. Burning the backup files to a cd/dvd IS NOT necessary. Booting it into safe mode, copying files to the host hard drive(non-external), is not necessary and will end up frustrating you even more. I recommend leaving the backup.exe and the FBW files on your external hard drive and downloading or copying msvcr71.dll into that folder if it's not there already. This should solve most problems."

I had already moved the backup.1.exe and backup.1.fbw to my regular hard drive because I took the external to fry's electronics and IN CASE they lost the files etc, wanted to have the files handy IN CASE I found a solution through all the threads etc I have been reading.
I changed the name of my backup.1.fbw file to backup.2.fbw added the msvcr71.dll file to the folder that both the backup.1.exe and the fbw file was in, double clicked the backup.1.exe file ... after just over an hour the window said it was restoring the files. I let it run all night... woke up the files were at 48% got back hope at 6PM last night and ALL the files were completely restored from the backup file.
SO, in my case only having the 1 64 gig fbw file, insuring there was no backup.1.fbw but instead the file was a backup.2.fbw copying the dll into the folder and setting the compatibility of the backup.1.exe to windows XP (as an extra measure) worked to solve the problem. Although the people at Fry's couldn't fix it the problem is solved for me and I hope posting this information (thanks to locbones on the HP forums someone else with the same problem will be able to retrieve their important documents, pictures etc. as well.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has posted about this problem throughout techrepublic in order to assist others with the program glitches in the program.

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