Question BMR Restore Help?

Oct 15, 2021
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I found an old backup file and have done a bunch of research but going in circles so hoping I might be able to get a little help.

The backup is in a folder named BMR > USER-PC > image and there are two files - image.bmr and image.bmr$D

I'm assuming that these are Bare Metal Recovery files but I'm uncertain on how to recover this. I've tried creating a VMWare and doing the BMR through Windows Vista and Windows Server (the backup was created in 2009) but I'm not having much success. I can't tell if this is due to an incorrect network recovery directory (the files are on a hard drive, I've tried sharing via network, but not having much success).

Does anyone have any insight on a definitive process that might help recovery these files either to a VMWare, or know of any software that might help me extract the data from them? I've tried carving them using photorec/testdisk, but no luck - I'm assuming that since it's BMR, they are packed.

Appreciate any help anyone might be able to provide!
 
Oct 15, 2021
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I'm not sure which application was used unfortunately which is part of the challenge - I think the backup file was created by office depot as part of a new system setup (pretty sure they backed up the whole computer). And yeah the file was created in 2009.
 
Can you show us the file's header in a hex editor, eg HxD freeware?

https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/

I found this:

https://dotwhat.net/file/extension/bmr/10098

The .BMR file is a disk image created by Safety Drill which is one of the tabs in Maxtor Manager.
The product was a Maxtor Onetouch external drive, and the software was Safety Drill.

https://blog.seagate.com/business/bare-metal-restore-for-dummies/

Here is the recovery software:

https://www.seagate.com/au/en/support/downloads/item/ot4-safety-drill-master/
 
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