Help me rescue a .QIC backup file?
August 10, 2009 5:00 PM   Subscribe

IT Filter: Anyone know of a resource or protocol for opening .QIC files (Old Windows backup file format) short of finding a machine with Windows 95/98 on it? Had a laptop stolen and this is the only format in which I still have ALL of my writing from college/grad school. Any help is appreciated (please no lectures on backing up files... have learned my lesson.)
posted by Prevailing Southwest to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
maybe MSQIC?
posted by scruss at 5:10 PM on August 10, 2009

Google got me these suggestions.
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:16 PM on August 10, 2009

Yeah, I've used the software scruss linked to restore old Win95 .QIC backups.

I believe the backup util in Windows Live OneCare can also read them, oddly enough. Dunno if the trial version does though, and I wouldn't recommend buying it as it {is || is about to be} discontinued.

If all else fails, IIRC the files are actually in the fairly-standard-ish QIC113 tape backup format - you may be able to find something that'll read that, though that probably won't help if you'd created a compressed backup.
posted by Pinback at 5:28 PM on August 10, 2009

Seconding MSQIC, I've had good luck with it.
posted by icebourg at 9:12 PM on August 10, 2009

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