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.

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

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 ?

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...
Case closed.