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I backed up a Vista 32 bit system to 2 USB flash drives using "Windows Easy Transfer" After I had performed the backup, I re-installed Windows and installed all of the updates. Now I want to recover my user data. When I plug in Flash Drive #1 I get a message saying "There was an error reading all pieces of Media. Windows Easy Transfer will now be cancelled". This message sort of makes sense, I have the backup on 2 drives and the system never prompted me for the second drive.

To try to fix this problem, I copied the .mig file from both drives to a folder on my C drive called "from_old_computer. If I try to recover from this folder I get a different message. First it asks me "Where did you copy the files and settings you want to transfer?" Enter the path to your saved data:" I enter the path and click on Next. After about 5 minutes I get a pop-up window: "Please select a valid file where your data can be restored from. To select a file click Browse"

How do I restore my data?
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I do not think Easy Transfer supports USB drives. I also cannot find a source (via Google) as to how to recover your data.  The article here does not hit the exact mark for you but it may help.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Tips-to-Recover-Deleted-Data-From-USB-Drive&id=5669077

... Thinkpads_User
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The Vista Easy Transfer supports writing to a USB drive and I have all my data. I just can't get it to restore my data. I even have both files on the hard drive. Interestingly enough Vista says that the default is SaveData.mig but I have Img000001.mig and Img000002.mig.
Is there a way to chain these 2 files together so that WET will see 1 big backup file instead of 2?
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Yes, thanks. I did find a Microsoft reference that said you can use USB drives. The article is not conclusive on restoring data. I have seen this problem discussed but have not seen a resolution. Perhaps someone else has.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Transferring-files-and-settings-frequently-asked-questions

In the meantime, I will keep looking as well. ... Thinkpads_User
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Please take a look at this thread in Microsoft Answers. The issues are roughly the same as yours and apparently Microsoft has a tool that can recover the data.

The thread is long, so I urge you to read it carefully (I had to read it very carefully myself).

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itprovistamigration/thread/06530599-585a-4946-b5d0-f7b7e87fbb18

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There are too many English Languages for me to be able to recover my data. I rebuilt the system in Canadian English and I tried switching it over to American English but that did not help me.
I also have been unable to find a program to extract the contents of a .MIG file.

Thanks for your assistance.
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See my last comments.
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Thank you. Sorry it was not able to work for you. Easy Transfer has been troublesome for more than a few people. ... Thinkpads_User
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