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From my Ubuntu Linux system I ran rsync copying all the directories and files from my Windows XP SP3 system to an removable USB disk.

Then I upgraded from Windows XP SP3 to Windows 8 Pro and deleted many of the files which was backed up.

Now I need to restore some important files from this backup, but I'm not able to do that. On my backup I have the following files:

*- bios
- HDD_Look.txt
- HDD_Target.txt
Help_Dell
sda
sda1.000
sda1.001
...
sda1.051
sda1.first_sectors**

HDD_Look.txt has the following content:

--------------------fdisk start Device [sda]

Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 10 80293+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 11 11508 92357685 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 11509 11769 2096482+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4 11770 12161 3148740 db CP/M / CTOS / ...
/dev/sda5 11509 11769 2096451 dd Unknown
--------------------fdisk end Device [sda]
--------------------ping start Device [sda]
P.Table-read Heads: [255]
P.Table-read Sectors/track: [63]
P.Table-read Cylinders: [12161]
BIOS-read Heads: [255]
BIOS-read Sectors/track: [63]
BIOS-read Cylinders: [12161]
--------------------ping start Partition [0]
Name: [sda1]
Type: [de]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [DELL]
Label: []
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [1]
End: [10]
Blocks: [80293]
--------------------ping end Partition [0]
--------------------ping start Partition [1]
Name: [sda2]
Type: [7]
FS_Type: [ntfs]
Dirs: [MSOCache,DL,Documents and Settings,drivers,i386,Inetpub,Intel,ISO XPSP2NO,ISO-filer,MDT,MS SP2,ADSI Scriptomatic,archive_db,Norman,Program Files,Programfiler,Python21,RECYCLER,Restore-2007-02-06,Restore-2007-04-19,BCD,BJPrinter,CanoScan,CompChecker,config,Config.Msi,CPQSYSTEM,cygwin,dd,dell,Sun,Temp2,TomTom Backup,UnlimitedFTPpro,USB20WIN98,vfd,Virtual Machines,VirtualCD,WINDOWS,Windows share,XP-patcher]
Label: []
Boot flag: [1]
Start: [11]
End: [11508]
Blocks: [92357685]
--------------------ping end Partition [1]
--------------------ping start Partition [2]
Name: [sda3]
Type: [f]
FS_Type: []
Dirs: []
Label: []
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [11509]
End: [11769]
Blocks: [2096482]
--------------------ping end Partition [2]
--------------------ping start Partition [3]
Name: [sda4]
Type: [db]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [BIN,BAT,IMG,SRC1,SRC2,SRC3,SRC4,SRC5]
Label: []
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [11770]
End: [12161]
Blocks: [3148740]
--------------------ping end Partition [3]
--------------------ping start Partition [4]
Name: [sda5]
Type: [dd]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [Documents and Settings,Program Files,WINDOWS]
Label: []
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [11509]
End: [11769]
Blocks: [2096451]
--------------------ping end Partition [4]
--------------------ping end Device [sda]
--------------------fdisk start Device [sdb]

Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 121601 976760001 7 HPFS/NTFS
--------------------fdisk end Device [sdb]
--------------------ping start Device [sdb]
P.Table-read Heads: [255]
P.Table-read Sectors/track: [63]
P.Table-read Cylinders: [121601]
BIOS-read Heads: [255]
BIOS-read Sectors/track: [63]
BIOS-read Cylinders: [121601]
--------------------ping start Partition [0]
Name: [sdb1]
Type: [7]
FS_Type: [ntfs]
Dirs: [arc_201109160416593,.Trash-1000,Backup,GHOST for Windows,Kingston Minnepinner]
Label: [Elements]
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [1]
End: [121601]
Blocks: [976760001]
--------------------ping end Partition [0]
--------------------ping end Device [sdb]

HDD_Target.txt has the following content (same as HDD_Look.txt ?):

--------------------fdisk start Device [sda]

Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 10 80293+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 11 11508 92357685 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 11509 11769 2096482+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4 11770 12161 3148740 db CP/M / CTOS / ...
/dev/sda5 11509 11769 2096451 dd Unknown
--------------------fdisk end Device [sda]
--------------------ping start Device [sda]
P.Table-read Heads: []
P.Table-read Sectors/track: []
P.Table-read Cylinders: []
BIOS-read Heads: [255]
BIOS-read Sectors/track: [63]
BIOS-read Cylinders: [12161]
--------------------ping start Partition [0]
Name: [null]
Type: [de]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [DELL]
Label: []
Boot flag: [01]
Start: [null]
End: [null]
Blocks: [80293]
--------------------ping end Partition [0]
--------------------ping start Partition [1]
Name: [sda1]
Type: [7]
FS_Type: [ntfs]
Dirs: [MSOCache,DL,Documents and Settings,drivers,i386,Inetpub,Intel,ISO XPSP2NO,ISO-filer,MDT,MS SP2,ADSI Scriptomatic,archive_db,Norman,Program Files,Programfiler,Python21,RECYCLER,Restore-2007-02-06,Restore-2007-04-19,BCD,BJPrinter,CanoScan,CompChecker,config,Config.Msi,CPQSYSTEM,cygwin,dd,dell,Sun,Temp2,TomTom Backup,UnlimitedFTPpro,USB20WIN98,vfd,Virtual Machines,VirtualCD,WINDOWS,Windows share,XP-patcher]
Label: []
Boot flag: [1]
Start: [1]
End: [11508]
Blocks: [92357685]
--------------------ping end Partition [1]
--------------------ping start Partition [2]
Name: [sda1]
Type: [f]
FS_Type: []
Dirs: []
Label: []
Boot flag: [1]
Start: [1]
End: [11769]
Blocks: [2096482]
--------------------ping end Partition [2]
--------------------ping start Partition [3]
Name: [null]
Type: [db]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [BIN,BAT,IMG,SRC1,SRC2,SRC3,SRC4,SRC5]
Label: []
Boot flag: [0]
Start: [null]
End: [null]
Blocks: [3148740]
--------------------ping end Partition [3]
--------------------ping start Partition [4]
Name: [sda1]
Type: [dd]
FS_Type: [vfat]
Dirs: [Documents and Settings,Program Files,WINDOWS]
Label: []
Boot flag: [1]
Start: [1]
End: [11769]
Blocks: [2096451]
--------------------ping end Partition [4]
--------------------ping end Device [sda]
--------------------fdisk start Device [sdb]

Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 121601 976760001 7 HPFS/NTFS
--------------------fdisk end Device [sdb]
--------------------ping start Device [sdb]
P.Table-read Heads: []
P.Table-read Sectors/track: []
P.Table-read Cylinders: []
BIOS-read Heads: [255]
BIOS-read Sectors/track: [63]
BIOS-read Cylinders: [121601]
--------------------ping start Partition [0]
Name: [sdb1]
Type: [7]
FS_Type: [ntfs]
Dirs: [arc_201109160416593,.Trash-1000,Backup,GHOST for Windows,Kingston Minnepinner]
Label: [Elements]
Boot flag: [1]
Start: [1]
End: [121601]
Blocks: [976760001]
--------------------ping end Partition [0]
--------------------ping end Device [sdb]

I tried using the following rsync-command to try to restore the backup:

rsync -avz <backup directory> <restore directory>.

But I only got the same files in <restore directory> as I already have in the source directory (maybe compressed as well..).

I really want to be able to restore this backup. So any help would be appreciated.

Edited by it@61@sec: error correction

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Once you're in the new windows context, and you've logged into windows 8, you should mount the partition and access it.

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It's not that simple.... :-)
My Windows 8 Pro-system is a laptop with 2GB RAM and 100GB harddisk.
The backup was of my entire XP installation, so I do not know where (and how) to mount this "partition" on my existing system.

I have a virtual XP-machine using VirtualBox on my Ubuntu-system and I tried to share the backup directory on this. But I only got the same file list as I have in my backup directory, which is (as I said earlier) compressed.
I have tried to use rsync -avz <backup directory> <restore directory> to a newly created partition on my virtual XP-machine, but I only got compressed files as well in my restore directory..

So what do I do now ?

Edited by it@61@sec: Expression error

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I found the solution myself.. (and I'm ashamed..).
It seems that I have used PING (PartImage Is Not Ghost) and not rsync..
So I apologize for this question which was in the wrong forum...
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