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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.

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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 : http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

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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.

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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

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