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Restore files from external hard drive

How do I use the backup (.bkf) file on my external hard drive to get my files back on my pc? The pc had to be wiped clean and windows xp re-installed.  microsoft website says to use the restore function, but the info is not on the d drive, it is on an external storage drive.

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  • harper_inclu Dec 27, 2008

    I think when I made the backup file the computer had windows xp media center edition 2005 and now it has home edition with service pack 2.  Does this make a difference?

  • harper_inclu Dec 29, 2008

    Solution found:  When windows xp was re-installed on the computer, the backup utility was not automatically installed, so there was no program that could read the bkf file.  I went back to the windows xp cd and found the backup utility, installed it, and opened up the bkf file to find all those files I had backed up before the big crash.  Apparently the backup utility is never automatically installed, the user has to search it out on the windows cd and install.  It's worth doing, because it's the same utility that creates the backup file!

    Thanks for all your help!

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    MicroSoft buggered Xp home users on this one. If I am correct, The Xp home addition does not use the backup and restore function that woudl make use of this bkf file extension. 


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I am fairly sure that the backup file can only be read and used by the OS that created it.

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    You are welcome. Glad to help. Vote?


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When you go to restore your backup, you will be asked to select where the backup file is located. Point to the drive letter that was assigned to your external drive. Hope this helps.

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