How to Handle Corruption from Windows Backup Files?

There may be very important data in your computer which you cannot lose at any cost. So, it is an optimal solution to take back up of your files because you cannot afford data loss. Backup creates a copy of your original data that has the extension of .bkf. You can store BKF file at any desired location or any external storage device. You don’t have to worry if you have already backed up all your important data.

An inbuilt backup software for Windows operating system that was first released in Windows NT and the later versions including Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and XP have this utility. This utility uses BKF format to back up files. NTBackup was replaced by Windows Backup and Restore in Windows Vista and later Windows versions.

What is Corruption?

Corruption changes your original data and gives you error while transmission, writing, processing or reading. When corruption occurs, the file produce errors while accessing it and become inaccessible. There are detected and undetected data corruptions. In case your file is damaged or corrupted, you can restore it back if you have backup of all your data files. But what will you do if your backup file or BKF file gets corrupted or damaged?

BKF files are prone to corruption. If your backup file is corrupted, then you may get an error message while restoring backup file. The error messages may include: “Unrecognized Media” and “The Backup File is Unusable”.

Backup files may get corrupted or damaged due to various reasons which include

  • Power Failure: Unexpected system shutdown may occur due to power failure which leads to the loss of data stored in your computer’s hard drive. It may also damage the data which makes the file inaccessible.
  • Interruption in backup process: If the backup process is interrupted before completing, this may damage the files.
  • Virus attacks: Virus attacks causes corruption of files. It even deletes data and cause loss of access to the data files. Sometime virus attack may lead to disastrous situation.
  • CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) error: CRC ensures accuracy in transmission. CRC error means the data in your file is damaged. It is caused when the saved file is different from the extracted file.

There are only two solutions to repair Backup file. The first solution is to appoint a data recovery agency, they first analyze the drive on which the BKF file is stored and then it recovers the data. This solution is not an optimal solution to be used because appointing an agency every time can cost you more than the actual cost related to recover it. The second solution is feasible can overcome the problem of appointing agency. The last resort to recover Backup files is to use third-party software because it is the best solution. You have to purchase a third-party tool only once and you can use it again whenever your BKF files get corrupted.

A robust and reliable third party tool is Windows BKF Repair tool. It is an easy to use graphical user interface which recovers your important data files in no time. You can try its demo version to ensure whether your data file will be recovered successfully. Demo version is available free of cost; download it and execute.

You may also be interested in knowing the solution to repair Backup file of an Exchange Server. Follow this blog to read about the process of repairing Exchange BKF File


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