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I use EaseUs Todo Backup. It puts the files in a ".pdb" blob that can be opened by Windows Explorer.
Really? Windows Explorer natively understands these BLOBs created by a third-party program, so a machine that's never had it installed on it before will understand these file types? I find that dubious, because I just created an empty .pdb file, and Explorer showed a generic icon and set the type to "PDB file", which tells me it's an unregistered file type and Windows wouldn't know what to do with it.
You're right. If I double click on a pdb file (created by EaseUs) on a computer that has EaseUs installed on it, it opens in Windows Explorer. But if I try it on another computer that doesn't have EaseUs installed, it won't open it. It really is Explorer opening the file, not the EaseUs app. I looked in the registry for what kind of magic it could be doing to make that happen but didn't see how it's done. Whatever it is, it's not the standard HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf registry key. Must be some kind of extension added to Explorer. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
Must be some kind of extension added to Explorer. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
Of course it's an extension. And no, I didn't have one iota of "hope" this would even be possible without said third-party software.
I still prefer having a plain copy of the individual files--nothing will change that. That way, anything that can read NTFS will be able to read my backup. One less thing that can go wrong, really. Just how resilient is EaseUs to corruption in its own files?
I haven’t had any problems with it yet. My wife is constantly losing files and I’ve been able to recover them all so far. Just had to reload my C: drive from backup because it wouldn’t boot (after several attempts to fix it). It restored and booted right away. Just one issue minor issue with Windows that I had to fix after the restore, which I can’t blame on EaseUs.
I missed the part where it works over the LAN. You can disregard my post completely.
But have you checked how deep your directory structure is?
The length of the path might be up to 32k characters long in NTFS, but the Explorer doesn't support more than 260, and if you do it over the LAN the path is often shorter
When I was 7 and all into the Monkeys and had heard some Beatles, being the little one among many siblings, I was with em all visiting the eldest who had moved out to So Cal. While they all "chewed the fat" I was thumbing through his record collection and came across a curious record that was shaped like a stop sign and had the most motley disrespective looking lads on the cover. "Through the past darkly" was the record and when I got to honkey tonk woman, well this corn fed punk from St. Paul was to never be the same again.