How do you restore files from an incomplete/corrupt Vista backup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Crexis, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. Crexis

    Crexis Guest

    Hope someone can point me in the right direction on this one:

    Basically, we had a new Vista Business PC that was misbehaving and dog slow.
    After trying all sorts of tweaks with virt mem, AV, themes, etc I decided to
    do a reinstall.

    It is a Asus P5LDT-TVM board (Intel 945G chipset) with a Dual Core (PD-935)
    3Ghz CPU, 512Mb (DDR2-667) RAM & 80Gb SATA 7200rpm HDD. I know the RAM is a
    little on the low side but I have a duplicate machine that wasn't giving the
    same problems.

    Anyway, I told my assistant to make a backup of all the personal files, mail
    etc which he did with Vista Backup. He set the destination to the same
    machine by browsing to it through the network (I'm sure some of you are
    groaning around about now but in his defence, it was fine in terms of what we
    wanted to do). He then moved the backup to a network drive and this is where
    the problem occurs. The backup created a folder with the machine name in
    which was a Media???.bin file and a folder called Backup Set blah +date,
    which contains the files and catalogues. What he moved was the Backup set
    folder. Then he did a complete reinstall of Vista. Now Vista Restore refuses
    to see the Backup set as a valid backup. I have had a look at the files and
    see that it basically created a whole string of zip files. So, I thought, no
    worries, we'll just manually extract the zips. Well, cut a long story short I
    don't know why MS felt it was necessary to do this but it appears that the
    backup process makes zip sets and breaks large files into smaller pieces!
    What a pain in the proverbial! So I have hunted the net trying to find what
    process is used to create the zips but to no avail. I guess what I'm looking
    for is something that will allow me to extract the zip sets or a way to force
    Vista Restore to use the backup set as it is. Any of you brainiacs out there
    able to put me out of my misery & save my assistant from a public flogging?

    Crexis, Mar 16, 2007
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  2. Sorry to hear about this. In general, copying the backups is not
    recommended. It sounds like you are missing your mediaid.bin file, which
    serves as a "backup label" (analogous to the volume label) so Backup knows
    what is what.

    The copy command has parameters for reassembling files. It's something like
    copy /b + (and so on) There might be
    third-party tools that will do this as well.
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Mar 16, 2007
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  3. Crexis

    Crexis Guest

    Thanks for the response Jill,

    Is it not possible to perhaps fake a Mediaid.bin file? Iif that is the
    problem then that is the only file that is missing from the backup set.


    Crexis, Mar 18, 2007
  4. Not that I'm aware of. I got the impression that there are other
    dependencies as well (though I need to check on this).

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Mar 19, 2007
  5. Fyi, we're going to write up a procedure on moving backups, but I can't give
    you an ETA yet.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Mar 19, 2007
  6. Crexis

    Crexis Guest

    Well, that'd be great. Unfortunately, in my case I suspect it will be a
    stable door - bolting horse scenario :(
    Crexis, Mar 20, 2007
  7. actually my pc was corrupted so got it formatted n b4 formatting i took
    What program did you use to do the backup ?
    Frank Drew Leyda, May 5, 2010
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