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I had a Compaq machine it crashed.  I have a dell machine which I reformed and added the Compaq hard drive.  There was some program that allowed me to backup the information on there.  It created an app called backup1.exe  I can't run it because I don't know what program is associated with it.  Can anyone help?
WellingtonISAsked:
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
I personally don't like Dell, HP etc...   To much proprietary and crapware.   A generic Windows is always best.     I clone my system with Paragon or Acronis, and backup my data with Syncback to external drives.      

It doesn't sound like a native Widows backup,  it sounds like a HP thing.    The software isn't going to be on your Dell.    By the sounds of the threads i've read, the EXE might be independent of software.  http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-e-g-Windows-8-and-Software/How-to-retrieve-backup-file/td-p/244868

If the drive is still good, can you access the files directly?   When a PC is dead, it doesn't necessarily mean the hard drive has failed.   It could be many other things that make the PC seem dead.

You said,  "added the Compaq hard drive"

When you open that drive on the Dell, do you see files?   i.e. A Windows folder,  Program Files folder, etc.....
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Bluelink12Commented:
A .exe file is an executable file and does not specifically need a program to run it.  It should simply launch after double-clicking it within Windows.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
This application failed to start because MSVCR71.dll was not found.  Re-installing the application may fix this problem?  What application???
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
From what i gather about this situation,   it looks like there should be an associated .FBW file

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Windows-Vista/Windows-Vista-HP-RestoreWiz-fbw/td-p/3978642/page/2#.UbTVDPlqpyI


If you read through this thread, first you will find lots of people with a similar issue.   It looks like an HP backup utility created your EXE.     When you run the EXE, it appears it's a very very slow process (according to the comments in this thread)
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
yes that 's correct - I backed up the drive because the PC is dead and put the drive in a dell machine.  Reinstalled Vista and now I was hoping to get everything back.  HP really Sucks that's a false backup.  I would have waited to put the drive into an external hookup and retrieved the information!
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
No I tried to do a system restore however that didn't work.  So it did a backup to an external drive.  IT backed up 20 gigs.  So yes there was stuff there.  I reinstalled Vista figuring I could just restore from this program and now I'm stuck.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
So you reinstalled Vista on top of the drive you want data from (that you thought you had backed up to an external)?
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
Yes but I found the answer!!!  There is something called Recovery Manager from HP - sp38131.exe.  I installed that and when I open backup.1.exe it reads backup.2.fbw.  THis has nothing to do with windows system recovery. I'm restoring the 20 gigs of data now.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Yes, that what i was saying,

"It doesn't sound like a native Widows backup,  it sounds like a HP thing."


Good, it's sounds like you are headed in the right direction.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
thanks for this.  HP has a recovery manager, once I downloaded it I got the stuff back.  Whew!
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