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opening an old .bak file

by everto / October 26, 2004 3:01 AM PDT

here is the story.... back in 94 my brother did some writing on my pc.. im not sure what program he used but when he saved them to a disk (which we dug out of his junk this morning) the documents were saved as .bak files. i cant figure out how to get them to open... if you have any ideas or want to take a crack at it you can find the file at:

http://myweb.cableone.net/amchine/rattar.bak

any help would be appreciated ( =

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Re: opening an old .bak file
by roddy32 / October 26, 2004 3:30 AM PDT
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Re: opening an old .bak file
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 26, 2004 4:33 AM PDT

I'm not sure if you're going to get anyone to download a file of unknown type m8, in case it has a virus in it.

Why not try this,

Scan the file with your own anti virus program first.

You say that your brother did some writing on your PC in 1994. It is unlikely that any word processing programs nowadays like Microsoft Word will be able to open it properly formatted, but you may be able to see what text is in the file by opening it in Notepad or Wordpad.

When it has been scanned and you're happy it is virus free, right click the file and choose "Open with".

If another menu displays, choose Notepad or Wordpad. If a menu does not display but another dialogue window does, scroll down to find Notepad, or Wordpad, and if neither is listed click Browse. Notepad.exe can be found in the C/Windows folder and Wodpad in C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe.

Make sure the box, "Always use this program to open the selected file" is NOT ticked, (in case your computer uses other programs to open .bak files).

Then click OK.

Either notepad or Wordpad will show the contents of the file, and you may be able to extract any text stored within it.

Mark

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That one happens to be an MSMONEY...
by Edward ODaniel / October 26, 2004 7:24 AM PDT

backup file.

If he or you still have the old MS Money program you could likely restore it but most likely the Income and Expense data is outdated and worthless.

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