Windows 8
Windows 8

When we talk about preventing data from any kind of loss, the only word recommendation that our mind gives is ?Backup?. We can say that there is no reliable alternative to avoid the expensive data recovery procedures than backup.

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The real meaning of backup is a copy of data is being created and saved at a different storage medium than the hard disk. When backup is in-correctly understood, its significance is lost. For example:

  • Backup is created and saved in Compact Disk but deleted from original location.
  • Backup of one partition is created and then deleted from second partition.

Another mistake that users generally do is no-verification of backup up after creation or until when its restoration is required. This is the reason often when users restore their backup BKF file, the process fails because the backup is not created correctly or it is corrupted.?

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Conclusion: If the backup holds importance, just save it on an off-site location. This also helps in saving the data from natural adversity.?

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Now, coming to the point of backup creation and restoration! With Windows NT series, Microsoft introduced users with NTBackup utility that allowed creating backup of important file (s) and folder (s). The aim behind providing this solution was to give small and large size enterprises and also home users a set up that could help in creating backup without help of a third party tool.

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However, this utility causes trouble when the size of data increases and thus at the time of backup restoration, error messages are encountered.? But a user is allowed to create multi-gigabit backup smoothly. The entire backup gets saved in file with .bkf extension.?

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When Windows updated editions were launched (Win Vista, Win7 and Win8), this free utility was replaced with ?Windows Backup and Restore? that creates a system image in VHD file. What actually a System Image is? Basically, it is a replica of crucial drives that help Windows to run, the programs and the system settings. Therefore in case the system or its hard drive does not respond properly, system image can be utilized to restore data.?

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This was all about backup creation. Now let?s talk about its restoration! To restore BKF, NTBackup Utility offers the facility and similarly to restore system image in VHD file, Backup and Restore utility provides the option.?

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If a backup BKF file is to be restored in Win 7/Vista, users can download NTBackup Restore utility. This application facilitates users to restore backup for Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, for?restoring BKF files in Windows 8, there is no solution being available by Microsoft.?

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For BKF file data extraction on Win8, there is a third party tool named SysTools BKF Recovery Tool that allows restoring BKF on any of the Windows platform including XP to Win8. The specialty of the tool is it fixes corruption or inconsistency in BKF file and helps in smooth extraction of data, no matter in what state the backup .bkf file is. The trial version of?SysTools BKF Recovery Tool?is available for verification.

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Thanks,
Dextor Nelson

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