SysInfoTools Backup Exec BKF Repair has numerous salient features, such as:
- Supports Compressed BKF Files: Symantec (VERITAS) Backup Exec compresses data before writing up in BKF file which makes it smaller. But this feature destroys data in case of corruption as standard backup tool fails to recognize it and other recovery software ends up in recovering data which is compressed. This tool detects and decompresses data from BKF and restores them in their original format.
- Recovery of Split BKF Files: Software supports recovery of split BKF files. This splitting process is usually performed by Symantec Backup Exec or NT-backup, which splits a backup file in multiple 4 GB files in respective order. This makes one large file to be backed up in multiple BKF files. Software detects and asks for subsequent split BKF files to perform complete recovery.
- Recovery with Heuristic Scanning: Software conducts recovery in two different modes: Standard and Advanced. Standard mode can handle minor or moderate corruption while advanced mode can fix severe corruption issues. You can select Heuristic Scanning with advanced mode for opting much better results.
- Preview of Recoverable Data: Once the selected file is successfully scanned, all the available file items will be displayed in a hierarchical tree structure. Here users can click on the file item to check its preview in the preview pane. By using this software, you can check the preview of more than 150 file formats.
- Supports Partial Scanning: It instantaneously scans a large-sized backup file in a couple of minutes. You can select either "Scan complete BKF file" or "Scan partial BKF file" option for complete scan or partial scan of corrupted BKF file respectively
- Log File Creation: The software allows users to save the whole BKF Recovery process in a text file by clicking on Log button. This log file contains all the information of recovered BKF file and related to its recovery, and it can be saved at user defined location
- Snapshots of BKF Recovery: By using the snapshot feature, users can save the snasphot of BKF recovery process at user-defined location. And the saved snapshot can be uploaded in future when needed in order to avaoid re-scanning.
- Provides Easy Saving: With the help of this tool, user can save all the recovered data at user-defined location. As the data is restored in its original form, you can select a new location on your system and save all the selected data there in a separate manner.
- Wide Support and Compatibility: This recovery software supports BKF files which are created by NT-Backup as well as Symantec (VERITAS) Backup Execs. It is highly compatible with all major versions of Windows operating systems.
- Easy-to-Use: The software is smartly designed with a self-explanatory user interface. It will lead the user throughout the recovery process in a series of well-defined steps. No requirement for having any prior technical knowledge or expertise.
Q. What is the difference between Symantec Backup Exec and NT-Backup Exec?
Ans. A BKF or backup is a computer file that contains all the backup copies of our data which we have backed up by using any backup program, such as: Symantec (VERITAS) or Nt-Backup Exec. It helps us in our crucial time by restoring our data from it when a situation like data loss or data corruption takes place. The difference between Symantec Backup Exec and Nt-Backup Exec are:
Symantec Backup Exec: Symantec Backup Exec (formerly known as VERITAS) is a backup software application developed by Symantec. It is used to create system backup, Microsoft Exchange Server backup as well as SQL server backup. By using Symantec backup users can compress as well as encrypt their backup files. The Symantec Backup Exec is highly supportable with Windows 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
NT-Backup: NT-Backup is a built-in backup utility program of Microsoft Windows, often known as Windows backup. Nt-Backup is available in Windows NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003. In Windows Vista, NT-Backup was replaced by Windows Backup and Restore. To create backup in Windows 7 by using Nt-Backup, we need to download it from the internet. Then, we can backup our data in Windows 7.
Q. How and why does a BKF file get split into two or more parts?
Ans. A BKF file can be split in these situations:
- If you are using Nt-Backup to create a backup file, and the data which you are going to backup is up to 20GB or more than it. You allocate a location on your system to save the BKF file, for example D: drive which has a FAT file system. In such situation your BKF file of 20GB will be split into five parts, i.e. four GB each, since FAT doesn’t save a file more than 4GB of size. The Nt-Backup splits the BKF file itself into multiple parts if you are going to save it in a drive having FAT file system.
- And if you are using Symantec Backup Exec to backup your data, it will split your BKF file if the file size is more than 4GB. It doesn’t matter either you are saving it on any drive having FAT file system or NTFS just for compatibility reasons. You change this split size setting from Backup Exec settings panel.
Q. How to restore data from a corrupt BKF file which is compressed?
Ans. The file compression on a BKF file is only possible by using Symantec Backup Exec. It is the only backup program that supports backup compression. As we know a backup file takes a lot of space, especially when you are backing up Windows Exchange Server or an SQL Server. You can avoid such situation by reducing the file size of BKF files. The backup files can be easily compressed if you are using Symantec Backup Exec. But sometimes it becomes very difficult to restore data from a compressed BKF file if it gets corrupted, since most BKF recovery software do not support recovery of compressed BKF file. In such situation you can use Backup Exec BKF Repair software of SysInfoTools to recover your data from corrupt BKF file which is compressed.
Q. What are main key reasons behind BKF file corruption?
Ans. There are numerous causes behind a corrupt BKF file, just take a look:
- Virus attacks: This is one the most common reasons of file corruption. A computer virus or bug can affect the BKF file by overwriting or erasing/deleting some part of the file.
- Sudden system shutdown: An event of sudden system shutdown maybe very harmful for a computer system and the files which are stored in it. It may result hard disk corruption. Once a hard disk gets corrupted, you can’t access your data from it. All the files stored in it become corrupt, including the backup file.
- Interrupted backup job: While creating backup file by using any Backup Exec program if any kind of interruption takes place, then it may result corruption in BKF file.
- Missing of catalog files: A catalog file is very important for a backup file. It stores all the related information of the BKF file. It allows the Backup Exec program to restore the data from BKF file. If any catalog file is missing from the BKF file, data can’t be restored from it. Or sometimes, it may get corrupted.
- Hard disk failure: The hard disk failure often takes place when there is any software or hardware problem in the system. This may result file corruption or data loss.
- Software malfunction: The result of software malfunction maybe extremely harmful since it may affect or corrupt all the data stored in the computer.
Q. What are some common error messages or indications of BKF file corruption?
Ans. Here is list of some common error messages or indications which take place at the time of BKF file corruption:
- "Backup Exec 11d e000fe36- Corrupt data encountered".
- Corrupt, bad, unknown scratch media in deduplication folder/OST Appliance causing jobs to queue for a long time.
- "CRC error" takes place while opening or extracting a BKF file.
- Backup Exec fails performing a backup operation and encounters corrupt files.
Q. How to create backup file by using Symantec Backup Exec?
Ans. To create a backup file by using Symantec Backup Exec, you need to follow these simple steps:
- Open Symantec Backup Exec on your system.
- On Backup and Restore tab > select Backup > Backup to Disk.
- Please wait until the running process is completed.
- A window Backup Properties will be appearing, click on Edit.
- On the left pane click, select the drive and the data you want to backup.
- Now on the right pane, click on Edit.
- A new window Backup Options will be appearing.
- Select all the desired options from Backup Options.
- Now click on OK.
- On Storage tab > select Configure Storage.
- Please wait while the default information is loading.
- Now select the type of storage you want to configure: Disk Based Storage, Network Storage, Tape Storage and Storage Tools.
- For example: select Disk Based Storage and click on Next.
- Click on Disk Storage and then Next.
- Type any name of Disk Storage and click on Next.
- Now select the location where you want to create the Disk Storage Device, click on Next.
- Click on Finish.