backup and restore


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Tony Vella

I have starting using the backup feature of my Vista to backup my
"created" documents. I am backing up to an external hard drive and I
have noticed that the backup consists of a number of zip files. My
questions are: how do I restore a specific file from the backup? How
can I even tell in which zip file (out of 50 or more) the specific
file I want to restore is? Thanks in advance.
 
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Shenan Stanley

Tony said:
I have starting using the backup feature of my Vista to backup my
"created" documents. I am backing up to an external hard drive and
I have noticed that the backup consists of a number of zip files.
My questions are: how do I restore a specific file from the backup?
How can I even tell in which zip file (out of 50 or more) the
specific file I want to restore is? Thanks in advance.

Did you try the built-in help system?

How about a quick Internet search?
http://www.google.com/search?&q=how+to+use+backup+in+Windows+Vista

You are trying to continue doing things manually/your way even though you
chose to back things up with a specific application (this is what I see.)
Use the help and support for the application you have chosen to use in order
to learn how to use the application instead of trying to make it work the
way you think it should. ;-)

http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-restore-files

Or - if you want to do things in a more straight-forward (for you) fashion -
do so... Don't use the built-in "Backup and Restore" and just copy/paste
things (automate it with a simple batch script or something.)
 
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Peter W.

Tony Vella said:
I have starting using the backup feature of my Vista to backup my
"created" documents. I am backing up to an external hard drive and I
have noticed that the backup consists of a number of zip files. My
questions are: how do I restore a specific file from the backup? How
can I even tell in which zip file (out of 50 or more) the specific
file I want to restore is? Thanks in advance.

You can restore the files from within the backup program itself. It will
show a normal directory structure. Never touch the zip files.
 
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Shenan Stanley

Tony said:
I have starting using the backup feature of my Vista to backup my
"created" documents. I am backing up to an external hard drive and
I have noticed that the backup consists of a number of zip files.
My questions are: how do I restore a specific file from the backup?
How can I even tell in which zip file (out of 50 or more) the
specific file I want to restore is? Thanks in advance.

Shenan said:
Did you try the built-in help system?

How about a quick Internet search?
http://www.google.com/search?&q=how+to+use+backup+in+Windows+Vista

You are trying to continue doing things manually/your way even
though you chose to back things up with a specific application
(this is what I see.) Use the help and support for the application
you have chosen to use in order to learn how to use the application
instead of trying to make it work the way you think it should. ;-)

http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-restore-files

Or - if you want to do things in a more straight-forward (for you)
fashion - do so... Don't use the built-in "Backup and Restore" and
just copy/paste things (automate it with a simple batch script or
something.)
That's the worst advice I've heard from a 'MS-MVP' ever....

Really?

Please elaborate how telling someone to either understand the tool they have
chosen to use or backup in a manner they likely already understand is bad in
any way, much less the 'worst advice'?
 
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Tony Vella

You can restore the files from within the backup program itself. It will
show a normal directory structure. Never touch the zip files.

Thank you, Peter, I discovered that the Restore function has a Search
capability which finds any requested file without, as you say, needing
to touch the zip files at all. I find it a little difficult at times
to use the built-in help or google when I don't know the buzz words on
which to base the search. Perhaps, someday, I too can arrive at
divine knowledge and I hope it happens soon because I'm already 66.
Until then I'll keep asking questions.
 
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Shenan Stanley

Tony said:
I have starting using the backup feature of my Vista to backup my
"created" documents. I am backing up to an external hard drive and
I have noticed that the backup consists of a number of zip files.
My questions are: how do I restore a specific file from the backup?
How can I even tell in which zip file (out of 50 or more) the
specific file I want to restore is? Thanks in advance.
You can restore the files from within the backup program itself. It
will show a normal directory structure. Never touch the zip files.

Tony said:
Thank you, Peter, I discovered that the Restore function has a
Search capability which finds any requested file without,
as you say, needing to touch the zip files at all. I find it a little
difficult at times to use the built-in help or google when I don't
know the buzz words on which to base the search. Perhaps,
someday, I too can arrive at divine knowledge and I hope it
happens soon because I'm already 66. Until then I'll keep
asking questions.

What "buzz words"? I used the very words you utilized.

You said you have Vista. You said you used the backup feature included in
Vista. You asked how you restore specific files from the backups made with
that.

It is not a matter of knowing any special words or having any special
knowledge - it is mostly the case of just being able to type the words in a
search engine and *maybe* tweak them *as you learn more* based off your
original searches and subsequent findings.

As for your age - as young as you are in comparison to many of the people
who hang out in forums/newsgroups like this one - you really cannot use that
as any sort of comparison point. ;-)

I searched (using Google in my case) for:

how do I restore specific files in Vista
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+do+I+restore+specific+files+in+Vista
( First hit: http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-restore-files )

and

how do I use the backup feature of my Vista to restore specific files
( About the fifth/sixth hit down:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/100253-restore-backup-files.html )

Not saying you should not ask questions - but it doesn't hurt to look a
little while you wait on answers. Better to learn how to fish or how to
farm than just take the fish or the vegetables - because the 'provided'
supply could go up in price or become unavailable anytime. ;-)
 
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BeeJ

We are here to help others. Generalizations, like look at help or Google
it, are not helpful to anyone. More than just the poster looks at this
stuff. Others like me are learning too and find good answers to questions
we don't actually ask really helpful.
If you cannot contribute constructive comments to a post, then wait until
you can.
Your response says to me that you just do not know the answer.
 
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Shenan Stanley

BeeJ said:
We are here to help others. Generalizations, like look at help or
Google it, are not helpful to anyone. More than just the poster
looks at this stuff. Others like me are learning too and find good
answers to questions we don't actually ask really helpful.
If you cannot contribute constructive comments to a post, then wait
until you can.
Your response says to me that you just do not know the answer.I answered
first

I answered less than two hours after the question was asked with a link to
instructions that precisely told the original poster how to (with pictures)
how to do what they asked about.

I also gave a Google search link to demonstrate how easy it was to get said
answer because I am a 'teach a person how to fish' and not just a 'here's
your answer' type. I usually give both the answer and a how-to on how to
obtain that specific answer.

If you are learning - learning to find answers on your own is a good place
to start.
 
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zlatan24

This morning I have downloaded some zip archives with film inside. But unfortunately these files were crashed. I decided to use the Google and found out - restore zip files. It worked out my proposition within the scope of a minute. Above I knew how the utility recovered information from damaged zip files and minimized data loss during the zip recovery process.


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