Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a backup of a windows system (I think it is win7, but it might be vista). That I took using the windows system tools. I need to be able to access these files from an ubuntu environment.

The backup is on an external USB hard drive. I can see the files, basically a bunch of zip files. I suppose I could manually open each one, but that strikes me as rather a tedious business.

More specific, but probably not relevant:

This is a netbook that I was attempting to dual boot with windows and ubuntu. I did take a careful backup before starting, which is a good thing since I accidentally deleted the windows partions. Sigh. Really, more than anything else I need the user data, Documents and downloads directory, and especially the firefox profile info.

share|improve this question

migrated from Jul 14 '11 at 8:06

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

This question should belong on SuperUser. – serk Jul 14 '11 at 1:47
Isn't there a restore option on the Win7/ Vista DVD? – Turbo J Jul 15 '11 at 1:21
I don't have a win7 DVD. this was a preinstalled netbook. recovery options all on disk – Skip Huffman Jul 16 '11 at 2:19

Im not sure exactly how you could open these in ubuntu, but I have used a boot disk called Hirens Boot CD before now which contains lots of backup and recovery tools.

It may help you recover some of your data :

share|improve this answer

Here's a page about it, although it involves running EXEs, merging separate files into one EXE and the like, so I doubt you'll be doing it natively on Ubuntu. I would suggest setting up a Windows 7 guest (in 30-day trial mode or whatever it is you get) under VirtualBox and using that for the extraction.

share|improve this answer
That page is really for extracting a windows backup in windows. Not what I am looking for at all. I have lost my last windows environment at home. I would prefer not to go through the effort of installing one, but that may be what I need to do. – Skip Huffman Jul 14 '11 at 14:32

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.