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Error message in Restore "backup file does not contain the recovery data set"

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I'm trying to restore the data from a crashed hard drive.  The data was backed up into a bkf file with the Microsoft Backup Utility.  System is Windows XP Pro, Dell Optiplex 270.  The old hard drive was a EIDE 80 Gig Seagate, the new one is a SATA 320 Gig WD.  The Recovery Wizard asks for the bkf file, then gives an error message "The backup file does not contain the recovery data set specified by the recovery floppy."  The name in asr.sif matches the bkf file, so does the name in the setup log.  

Is this a hardware problem?  EIDE vs SATA?  Wrong size hard drive?  Is there a way around it?  I'm afraid the old drive is toast.
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NTBackup is a native utility and i am not aware of the advanced features to read that bkf file,
but you can try to install backupexec ver 11 or 12 in trial version and try to inventory and catalog that bkf file deselecting the catalog media in sequence option from Tools>Options>Catalogs.
Once catalogs you can try to redirect the restore to the location of your choice.

http://www.backupexec.com

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I tried your suggestion.  Backup Exe 12 is already installed on one of our servers and I used that in the attempt to inventory and catalog the bkf file.  It wouldn't let me inventory or catalog unless the file was on a media, so I created a a Backup to Disk folder out of the folder where the file was located.  I deselected the sequence option as you said.  Both the inventory and the catalog operations were successful.  The name of the backed-up computer appeared in the Restore tab, with Drive C and System State each listed beneath it.  However, both were greyed out and neither had any files associated (in the right hand pane).  So I'm not any closer to a restored disk.

BTW, it's not an advanced option to read a bkf file in NTBackup (least not that I know).  You boot a computer off the recovery CD, press F2 to run Automated System Backup and have the ASR floppy in drive a and the bkf file somewhere that the OS can find.  This is the point at which I got the error message.
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