Windows 10: View the files within a backup file without restoring the files?

Discus and support View the files within a backup file without restoring the files? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I found a backup file from an old PC earlier today.. I forgot all about this and I was wondering if I might have some old documents or pictures etc on... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Pure1108, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Pure1108 Win User

    View the files within a backup file without restoring the files?


    I found a backup file from an old PC earlier today.. I forgot all about this and I was wondering if I might have some old documents or pictures etc on it that I could extract.
    It's showing as 0 files and 0 bytes but this might just be because it's a backup file and not , for example, a regular folder directory
    The only option I have is to 'Restore the backup' which sounds a bit daunting as if it'll completely overwrite things on my PC.
    Even if that isn't the case, I wouldn't want to be left with a load of junk files scattered all over the PC if it works in the same manner as restoring from the Recycle Bin.
    Is there a way I can view these files without actually committing to restoring them all to my current PC ?
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    What I tried

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzBjirkaV18

    :)
     
    Pure1108, Jan 12, 2020
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  2. suraswami Win User

    Deleted file restore software.

    Shute I never thought about system restore. But its been more than a week now, don't know if I can go back that far. But even then will it put back user files?
     
    suraswami, Jan 12, 2020
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  3. Pinchy Win User
    Deleted file restore software.

    Oh.

    So your running the backup software from the server and not the computer.

    Yep I see whats happened. Just for the future (althought I am sure you wont make the same mistake again) make sure you select and option that says "if it cant find the file, DONT delete". If it doesnt have that option...switch to SynbackSE.

    An FYI: difference between incremental and differential is that differential copies all new / changed files since the last full backup......incremental copies all new / changed files since the last backup no matter what it was (incremental/full/differential).

    Now to get your files back:

    Tried a system restore on the server?
     
    Pinchy, Jan 12, 2020
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  4. suraswami Win User

    View the files within a backup file without restoring the files?

    Deleted file restore software.

    I want a good File or HDD recovery software. Free would be ideal but cheap good ones would be fine.

    I used Cobian backup to backup all my virtual servers and test files. I wanted to build raid, so I copied 2 x 160GB drives (total 80GB) to my server which has 1TB using the software. After copying the files I built raid on those 2 drives moving to another machine. Now when I go back to my server all the files are gone. Probably my mistake, didn't quiet understand the software and hit the wrong settings.

    Now my question is can I get back all those files? I haven't formatted the drives on my server.

    I tried couple of trial software, but they need huge amount to activate and restore those files.

    Anyone know of free or under $30 please let me know.
     
    suraswami, Jan 12, 2020
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