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Most backup software solutions have proprietary software. Trial versions can often help out in a situation like this.
Leo, I'm stuck! I'm using Acronis True Image Home 2010 on my laptop. I have a serious problem with the laptop which means it has gone to a friend of mine to reinstall the operating system and it can take over a month knowing how he works. I have a desktop (an X64 Dell) on which I use Microsoft Office 2007. I've plugged my external drive into this desktop and it's unable to read the Acronis backup. The reason that I did not install the backup software on this machine is I can't find the installation CD. Any advice on how I can restore these files on to the Dell desktop which has no Acronis installed? Otherwise, I'm messed up big time!
In this excerpt from Answercast #16, I discuss the way that programs such as Acronis store their data and what's needed to retrieve files to a different system.
Unfortunately (and this is true for many commercial backup programs; for many common backup programs), they tend to save information in proprietary formats. Acronis uses the .tib file; Macrium Reflect uses an .mrimg file.
Those are proprietary in the sense that they're really only readable by the programs from the manufacturer that created them in the first place.
So, I don't know of a way of reading that file without Acronis installed.
That being said, you may be able to get away with using a trial version of Acronis.
I believe they still offer a 30-day trial. All you really need is a one-day trial. But the point is that there's a free trial that you should be able to download, install on your machine, extract everything you need from that .tib file, and then let the trial expire.
Honestly, in a situation like that, if that's the backup software you're using, is there any reason it shouldn't be installed on your desktop?
Is your desktop getting backed up? If not, maybe this is the time to install Acronis. Then, you can not only read this .tib file from your other computer, but you can also begin backing up your desktop like you should.
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