Is it possible to copy files with Backup Exec V12 rather than creating a .bkf file?

I am using Backup Exec V12 with Windows 2003 server.

One of my backup jobs backs up a folder to a Backup to Disk folder on a different machine. This folder contains lots of .bkf files which I have to restore using Backup exec.

Does anybody know if there is a way to get backup exec to simply copy the files so that they can be accessed immediately if required?

Failing that, can anybody recommend any utilities that would achieve the same thing? I know that i can use Xcopy but would rather have something that can be scheduled and logged as can be done with the backup exec interface.
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have you tried running a backup job without compression? i haven't tried it myself, but when the backups are compressed the result is a bkf file, so in theory if you don't compress the backup it should just mirror whatever you are backing up
Dear metamatic,

you can eventually use "robocopy" which is included in Windows Server 2008, and otherwise downloadable for free.
Check it out via:

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metamaticAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies.

Just tried the uncompressed option and it still produces a .bkf file.

I've come accross robocopy and it's certainly an option but would still like to see if it can be done using backup exec.
Can't be done. Both Backup Exec and the native Windows backup (ntbackup) combine all files into one large file; you then need to use the program to restore single or multiple files from that one big file. slemmesmi's solution is good - we are using robocopy in a short, scheduled batch file for several of our clients. It is better than XCOPY for a number of reasons.
metamaticAuthor Commented:
Cheers guys. I've installed robocopy and it does what i need it to do.
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