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I have an internal zip drive and am using Windows 95 OS.  I did a one step back-up of my entire system and it used 8 100 mg disks.  I needed to get something off of the disk to copy back to my system and it said that there weren't any files there to select.  When I tried to put in another disk it kept asking for the last one.  I have all of this information on these disks and I can't get it off. Can someone please help me?

Thank you,
Rick.............
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by:magigraf
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1gumby...

I don't know if you are familiar with backups or not, but this how it goes.

When you do a backup, the programs you used for the backup (in your case it's the ZIP Tools) it writes on the last disk the TOC or the table of content of that backup.

Now in order to restore a FILE or few FILES, you would have to run the same BACKUP program, which in your case is ZIP TOOLS and then select the file or the files you need to RESTORE, for that you would have to have the LAST DISK (in your case is # 8) in your ZIP drive for the program to read the table of content, then it will prompt you to insert (for example disk # 3) from the set in order to restore the requested file or files.

This is how you can do a restore.

Now if you do what I just said up there, and it still say you have no data on the disks.  You've got a serious problem, you might didn't do a proper BACKUP at the first place.


Another check you could do:
Insert one of those disks and from My Computer, right click on the ZIP drive, select properties and check it's capacity (if it's full or not)

Please update.
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by:mrcmiller
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I vaguely recall some kind of bug... that the TOC had to be copied from your hard drive to the Zip disk.  You can look at the directory that your backup information is stored in and then look for a file on your hard drive with the same prefix.  You then have to load that file into MSBackup and select your files from there.  

I wish I had a more clear explanation, but the fact is that although I've used my Zip drive to back up Windows 95 systems, I still use Windows 3.1 and am therefore unable to look that up for you.  Sorry.
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by:magigraf
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martike...
Well, 800Mg today is like 80Mg few years ago, so it looks like yes he might have Software and Data to cover up.
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by:1gumby
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I did everything that you said and I still can't get the files off of the disk.  It keeps telling me that I don't have any files.  The TOC is there and when I go to customize and try to select a file it tells me that there aren't any files selected.
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Hold your thoughts...

I will install a zip drive and will get back to you.
By the way you din't update me on what the MY COMPUTER reports as for the capacity of the DISKS??

I'll keep it as an answer if you don't mind (if what follows does not statisfy you, please reject it)

Regards
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1gumby...

O.K. here we are:

Could you tell me what happens when you do the following:

1) Insert the last disk of your 1 Step backup into the ZIP drive
2) From windows explorer, click on the ZIP drive letter to show it's contents (Here you should see e.g.: Backup Job 1 or whatever you called it with the date you did the backup)
3) Double click on the file and wait until it reads the backup history.
4) You will be prompt to insert the first disk of the backup set
5) It will restore into it's original location.

Now if this DOES not happen, I'll have to assume that something went wrong during the backup process.  There isn't much tuning or configuration errors that you might have done.

Will wait for your update
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