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Anyway to restore files from an .inp backup from reformat?

Ok, so recently I had to reformat my Windows 8 Pro ultrabook. I tried to refresh the OS, restore from a previous restore point and reinstall the OS before I had to format it. Unfortunately none of the previous methods worked as I could not get past an unending start up screen or a blue screen error. When I tried to reinstall the OS it backed up all my user files to an external hard drive in an .inp file format. In that folder location it also created a migr.xml and include.xml file. After going through the include.xml file in a text editor I saw all my files that were lost were in the .inp archives. Is there anyway to retrieve those files?

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Hi,

Welcome to the Community, To restore data from external HDD or USB, try to download and run this migration utility from http://dslbdownload.datasafelocalbackup.com/utilities/MigRestore.zip .

Note: Unzip the file and run the application (with the external HDD or USB connected). If at all the restoration process gets stuck at 99% (as reported by few of the users), you may close the utility and check the data, all data would have got restored successfully. Let me know how it goes.

If you can't locate it from HDD or USB then you can copy the .inp files to your computer on C drive in a folder and use the MigRestore utility to point to the folder on the computer.

Thank You

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Hi djdelirius,

The files that are saved as .inp format are not backup of your files and folders. You may use the below link to get more information on this:

http://dell.to/ZFLkEe

There are many third party software available n the market which you may want to try to check if you can use that to retrieve files.

That is not working for me. The MigRestore is not able to even look at the folders of my laptop

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Sorry this is so long after the question was originally asked, but I spent many hours searching for a solution before testing my own idea and having a lot of joy, so felt I should share my knowledge with everyone. THIS SOLUTION WORKS COMPLETELY FOR ME, ON WINDOWS 7.

I assume these files were backed up using the Dell Backup and Restore program, or similar? The way I managed to succeed in recovering .inp files was to actually backup just the one file or so, in order to create a 'Profile1' path on my computer. 

I then delete the files inside this folder, leaving the folder intact. Copy the .inp files you had from the system backup into this folder, as if they were backed up there just minutes ago.

Open the Dell Backup and Restore program, and click Recovery. On the left hand side, click 'Data Backup', and it will give you an option to look through your documents, music, videos etc. This unfortunately is the backup you just made, but we can get around this. 

Click the search button on the top right of this window, and a message should appear near the bottom; "To search for your own archive, click browse." Do this, and it will search for your Profile1 folder. When it has found it, make sure the most recent folder is selected, and click Next. A list of all your recovered files should appear, and you can recover them directly from there.

Hope this helps people in future.

Thank you Harry-Ogden! 

I have an older XPS 8700 which had it's Windows 10 install go bad making it impossible to boot.  I did have the the Dell Backup and Recovery installed and was able to use it to make a backup of the data from system before having to do a Factory Reset. 

I really wish this software was easier to use to access this backup data, and was starting to worry I could never get my data back but this post had the advice I needed to figure out how to get my data restored.  There are a few tweaks to apply based on this being on Windows 10 and using the latest version of the Dell Backup and Recovery software. 

I am taking the time to post the steps I followed so that this will hopefully help someone that needs it in the future!  This assumes that you have a set of .inp files from a Backup and Recovery you completed and now need to restore those files with the Backup & Recovery software but are running into problems with the software recognizing your backup data.  Here is what I did: 

  1. Factory Reset and updated OS with latest Windows Updates
  2. Download latest version of Dell Backup and Recovery, install and check for updates to apply the latest patch.  
  3. Open Dell Backup and Recovery and run a backup with a couple files in your Documents Folder just like Harry-Ogden instructed and then exit the program.
  4. Find the directory where the backup just got stored in a "Profile1" directory. 
  5. Note the naming of the file names, for me it was:  Profile1_FFB.inp, Profile1_FFB_0000.inp,  Profile1_FFB_0001.inp
  6. Note the naming of the backup files you are trying to restore, for me it was: Migration.isp, Migration_0000.isp, Migration_0001.isp, Migration_0002.isp, etc... through Migration_0025.
  7. Delete the files that you find in the Profile1 directory.
  8. Copy your backup files into the Profile1 directory.
  9. Rename your backup files so that they follow the naming from the files you just deleted.  For me this looked like Profile1_FFB.inp, Profile1_FFB_0000.inp,  Profile1_FFB_0001.inp, Profile1_FFB_0002.inp, etc. through Profile1_FFB_0025.inp
  10. Open Dell Backup and Recovery program, select Recovery, select Recover your Data.
  11. For the Where settings I selected the "Browse" option and selected the Documents folder in my User directories.
  12. Click the "Add more files" button and then select "Browse Archive", you should see an entry for the Backup you did earlier in the procedure.
  13. Select the Backup, click "Next", it takes a moment to read the archive files, then I selected all but one file from the Archive. I am not sure if selecting all but one file is a critical step, but that's what I did.
  14. Click the "Apply" button, once applied it just grey's out and then you exit the pop up screen by Clicking the X in the top right of the pop up window.
  15. I kept the default "Keep Newer Files" option selected.
  16. Then I clicked the "Restore Now" button and let the process run. The process can take a long time depending on the amount of data and processing power of your PC, in my case it needed to run for almost 4 hours to process my 15 GB backup.  

I hope this helps someone else out there, good luck, and thanks again to @Harry-Ogden without whom I would have never figured this out. 

Kind regards, 

 

Joel    

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Hi,

Welcome to the Community, To restore data from external HDD or USB, try to download and run this migration utility from http://dslbdownload.datasafelocalbackup.com/utilities/MigRestore.zip .

Note: Unzip the file and run the application (with the external HDD or USB connected). If at all the restoration process gets stuck at 99% (as reported by few of the users), you may close the utility and check the data, all data would have got restored successfully. Let me know how it goes.

If you can't locate it from HDD or USB then you can copy the .inp files to your computer on C drive in a folder and use the MigRestore utility to point to the folder on the computer.

Thank You

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The link you provided is dead. Here's a way to download the MigRestore utility.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/eknik98c1rsnax9/DellUSBBackup-MigRestore.zip?dl=1

@npdizzle Thanks for the link!! I had created a backup and had no way of recovering it had I not seen your post! Cheers

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 HI HARRY

M GETTING ERROR AS SELECT FILES TO RESTORE
I have created profile 1 folder and copied the .inf files ..bacup recovery also recognized it..

but .when I click it shows error..and I didn't understand select the recent folder?..

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Are the .inp files you copied the ones you made before restoring your system?

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