WinXP Backup can't read file created just yesterday
Posted on 2004-10-20
After being notified that my machine had been compromised by some kind of BOT, I was required to re-image my system.
Prior to doing so, I ran a backup using the WinXP Pro system's All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Backup utility to save various data files, shortcuts, and other items which were critical.
After re-imaging (requiring a low-level format) to an XP SP1 environment with a software firewall, applying SP2 and followon patches and activating antiviral protection, I now find that the backup program can't restore the backup file. It reports a less-
"The backup file contains unrecognized data and cannot be used."
OK, so what recovery options do I have? Is there some way to try to recover this backup file so I can restore some or all of its content?