The Windows 7 Backup/Restore created multiple backup sets and I was able to restore the oldest version, but not the most recent, which is not seen by the application.

I do see all of the zip files and there are hundreds in later versions. Is there a way to extract each of these correctly outside of the regular restoration method? Perhaps scripting an extract of each day one after another?

further clarifying The backup files were all made to an external drive. The original computer died completely, power supply, drives everything. I am trying to reconstruct as much as possible and the only backup set recognized is 6 months older. This was recovered over a new install, but unzipping thousands of zip files is not really a simple unzip copy project as the original paths are not a simple thing to reconstruct.


Follow the instructions here, but basically, windows backup is a zip archive.

  • +1. Use WinRAR. Select all, right-click, "Extract all" – Ian Boyd Jun 30 '11 at 3:34
  • the link isn't found. & @Ian Boyd My problem with right-clicking and extracting these is that there are well over a thousand. Is there a simple way to extract each one in sequence? – datatoo Jun 30 '11 at 12:43
  • Winrar can extract all of them at once. just select all. And link fixed, there was an extra bracket, sorry. – soandos Jun 30 '11 at 16:23
  • I believe this may actually be a solution for my solution, since the paths are preserved – datatoo Sep 3 '11 at 1:45
  • How can you retrieve a full backup together with all of the incremental backups using this technique? It seems like incremental backup creates a lot of partial files that need to be merged in. – alexw Nov 3 '17 at 16:53

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