I don't use proprietary backup systems. Your old backup might be on NTBACKUP and there are apps to get the files out so I'll stop here as that detail is missing.
But I use 2 apps for backup and make multiple copies on multiple devices. It's not as hard as it sounds.
1. Files. That's it plain and simple. I use "sync" apps to sync my PC with some external drive or network folder. Since this is not proprietary I can use simple copy/paste or apps like SyncBack, GoodSynce or others.
2. The full image. So I want a way to restore it all I save an image with Clonezilla. It's nice since I can save this image to a folder on the external which means I can have more than one. I won't write about Clonezilla use and methods since it's free and all on the web.
I've had an older Dell XPS & a HP Pavillion (both with Win XP). Then I used a Maxtor for my backup's (with a firewire). Then my wife bought me a Click Free, which seemed to great for both PC's.
Then Tragedy occured to my main PC the Dell, I've used it for so long parts became obsolete (the HP had to small a hard drive & memory). So I purchased a HP laptop with Win 7 that had more space & memory than both older units combined. but now niether the Maxtor or Click Free will work with WIn 7.
I have been able to get some of my important docs, pics & other items by networking to the HP Pavillon until it went to PC heaven. So now I have 2 back up units that don't work with my current PC, I can't even access them to see whats on them. I've been using memroy sticks & DVD's for back ups on the win 7 laptop, but I'd like to get a more reliable &/or updateable form of backup that is resonably priced or if someone has a better suggestion, I thank you in advance for you input.
1st - I know one of my problems is that once I get used to using a product I don't like to change, I don't mind the learning curve on new items but sometimes I just don't have the time. And 2nd I tend to be a little lengthy - I apologize. I'm just trying to put out as much info as I can to get a helpful response,
Thank you all, Kasey A