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PQI file extract

Hello,
I have PQI CDs labeled 1 to 5 (that someone made years ago).  I believe they were created using PowerQuest Drive Image 2002 (which I do have).  A user needs files extracted and I have not been successful.

I installed Powerquest on a spare XP Home machine, went into ImageExplorer and it prompted me to insert disk number x.  A file displayed ending with .001, then it prompts me to enter another, and another, and so on.  It's a never ending cycle.

I basically need files from mydocs.
Must I be on the same machine where the drives were imaged?
Am I supposed to see files that I recognize?

Thanks for any prompt feedback on this.
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zemarc
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Expert4XPCommented:
Yes, those are Drive Image (or now Symantec Ghost) image files.
The swapping of cd's normal and VERY irritating.  I have been there myself.
The easiest solution is to copy all CD's to the same folder and then run the Image Browser and point to your folder on your hard drive.  Then you don't have the swapping of cd issues.

Annoying I know.  This should work though.
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Expert4XPCommented:
If I wasn't clear, you would double-click or open the first file with Image Browser.  No it doesn't have to be on same pc.  You will see the contents of the backup in a Windows Explorer type double pane format.  Then highlight a folder or file and right click to restore.  You can choose a location where you want it restored.
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
When you say I can choose a location....do I have to create/partition another drive?  It certainly can't be to a file folder, right?
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Expert4XPCommented:
It IS a file folder.  Pick any file folder or better, create a new one such as c:\backup and put the contents of all CD's there.  There should be one file on each cd (or maybe two).  So c:\backup will have about 5 or so files in it after you finish copying.

You will be just extracting (restoring somewhere else) by using the Image Browser.  You won't be restoring a partition or anything like that.  (you said originally you only wanted a few files or folders from the backup.  That's what the browser is for.)

Kind of neat actually.  And much faster, easier once you copy the contents of the cd's into c:\backup.
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
I'm copying as we speak.  And yes, when I'm done I'll have 5 files in this folder I created.
 
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Expert4XPCommented:
I didn't ask before but I assume you have extra hard drive space to hold them temporarily. 5 x 650 MB =3.5 gigabytes.

I think you're on your way!
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
Ok, all done and it's pretty cool...just as you said!   However, I don't see any data.  The 'tree' structure is there with all the typical file folder names (and they're in blue), but when I look in my docs, nothing's there but My eBooks, My Music, My Pictures, but no actual documents?
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
They all say file type  PQI Partition File
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Expert4XPCommented:
You My Documents folder in XP (and in the backup) is stored by userid.

Look here:

c:\Documents and Settings\userid\Local Settings\My Documents

there would be a separate one for each userid defined from old system.

Actually, everything under userid folder are unique files used when that userid logs on.

See them now?
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
That's exactly where I am.  And I do see the My Docs folder....but no documents.
The appearance is as though it's a brand new clean system.  Is there a hidden file type feature or something similar?
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Expert4XPCommented:
I would just hunt around or browse around some.

Some PC's are setup with Owner as the userid.  Or maybe you were using admin.  Just start looking in the subfolders.

It is possible to change the default location of My Documents.  Maybe they were put in a folder off the root of c: called c:\Docs or something like that.  Some people change it.
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zemarcAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I've browsing and looking around.  They must be somewhere.

Huge Thanks for all your help on this.
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Expert4XPCommented:
Glad to help.  Copying the cd's to a folder is WAY better than swapping cd's!!
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