[rescue] OT: Looking for an old version of Veritas Backup Exec

Andrew Weiss rumbeard at mac.com
Wed Jan 26 15:25:50 CST 2011

Apparently the best you can do is use MSBackup from Windows 98

The Roxio Back
up my PC option appears not to work.

Maybe build a vmware Windows 98 host
and do that.  You could map a network CIFS location inside it and restore to


On 27 Jan, 2011,at 01:31 AM, Mr Ian Primus
<ian_primus at yahoo.com> wrote:

--- On Wed, 1/26/11, gsm at mendelson.com
<gsm at mendelson.com> wrote:

> Another thing to do is to try to copy the files
to a USB
> hard drive. I have
> had about 10% success restoring files from
Acronis True
> Image from a DVD,
> but if I copy the files from the DVD to a
USB disk, or a
> network share, 100%.

That's the problem. There are no files.
I have the backup that's created by whatever horrid abomination of a backup
program wrote it. It's a SINGLE file. On a USB stick. I can copy it off, but I
still can't parse it. It also appears to have some kind of internal
compression (can't extract meaningful file names from it with the hex editor).
Apparently, they used to back up to tape - until the tape drive broke. Then
they somehow told the backup program to wite to USB flash drives. So, now
there is this little box of flash drives, all UDF formatted, and all
containing exactly one giant file, called BACKUP.QIC.

Honestly, before seeing
this, I'd not messed with Windows backup programs. Now I'm glad I don't. The
version of Veritas Backup Exec that I found (version 10, too new), has the
most brain-dead interface I can imagine. Furthermore, it relies heavily on
"media sets" and all kinds of info about what tapes/files/disks are available,
and there is no method to "read this backup tape and restore it" unless you've
already got all the metadata for all your backups already loaded. To do a
restore, you have to select files from the internal list, and select a media
that it already knows about. This basically means that there is no way to
recover from a disk failure, since, even if you did have all your data backed
up in the proper format for this program, there is no way to restore it, since
the clean install you just did on the new hard drive knows nothing about your
backup sets, or what files it's looking for. I'm sure there has to be some
method to do it, but
still. It seems really, really back-assward.

Unlike a
*nix system, where you can have the system back up and running by simply
booting from floppy/CD/something and running 'restore'.

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