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  • Question

  • Since I've been badly burned by Microsoft before, I want to see if Backup uses a proprietary file format?

     

    The scenario is that my machine dies, and I want to transfer my OneCare backed up files to a new machine.  Unfortunately, either OneCare has been dropped as a product, or the latest version of Windows on the new computer won't work with it.  If the file format is proprietary, all my data is lost forever.

     

    If OneCare saves the data in a common format, then I would be okay.

     

    Thanks!

    Saturday, February 23, 2008 8:30 PM

Answers

  • OneCare backup puts your backups in standard .zip files. However, if a file spans multiple zips, if you try to extract the file outside of the OneCare restore process, you will need a 3rd party program to rejoin the file parts. Note that this is only an issue for large files.

    -steve

     

    Monday, February 25, 2008 1:53 AM
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  • OneCare backup puts your backups in standard .zip files. However, if a file spans multiple zips, if you try to extract the file outside of the OneCare restore process, you will need a 3rd party program to rejoin the file parts. Note that this is only an issue for large files.

    -steve

     

    Monday, February 25, 2008 1:53 AM
    Moderator
  • Steve,

     

    Thank you, much appreciated!

     

     

    Monday, February 25, 2008 2:01 AM