Retrieving old back-up files - can new version do it?

Years ago I had nero on a computer and used it to back up files (nero back it up, around 2006). I now want to access those files, but can't find a CD-ROM of the program. If I buy a new version of nero back-up, will it allow me to access these old archived files? All are individually saved as .nco file extensions.
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  • No, the new versions of Backitup won't open a backup that old because it uses a different type of file (.nco) for the details of the backup.

    Are you sure there are no .nba files?

    Do you still have a serial number for your old copy of Nero?
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  • Hi Wither1

    Sadly not. The Nero version was bought for a PC several iterations ago and I must have got rid of the CD rom when we moved house :-(

    It is somewhat annoying - to put it mildly - that nero have created newer versions that are not compatible with old back-ups. While I can access the files one by one and convert them manually, this is not a viable option when one has several Gb of files stored across multiple DVDs. I can't be the only person to have this problem!

    There are text files with codes on the back-up DVDs. Would these give any information about what version was used and are older versions available to allow me to access my files?

    Thanks
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    yes,usually the text files begin with the number of the version used for the backup. They could contain indication about the version used and required for the restore. Otherwise you can try the use of any zip tool you have.
    In order to access your old archiv files, you can try to open nco-files with programs such as WinZIP or WinRAR if you have one installed on your system. If not this can be downloaded from the following link www.7-zip.org for free.
    You now can access the files unsing the “Open with...” from the context menu. To do so right click on the file > open with > choose the program you want to use.
    You can also extract the files from the nco-files with the help of these programs. The only disadavantage is, that the files are only kept with the short names , so it might be necessary to tediously rename them.
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  • I suspect your backup was made with either v6 or v7. I think v7 was the last version to use .nco.

    You can get a free trial versions here-

    http://nero.afreecodec.com/nero-6-fre...

    I don't know if they'll contain the backup feature.
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  • I have the same problem. The files end in NBI. If I had just copied them across to the hard disc I would not have this problem. But there are documents in there that have been there since 07 that I need to get copies of. :-(. Any suggestions?
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  • I don't know why you wouldn't have any .nba files since the .nbi just contain information about the backup.

    Do you have any version of Backitup?

    If not, you could try using the imagetool to restore your files.

    Go here-

    http://www.nero.com/enu/applications/...

    Download the file and create a bootable disc.

    Boot your system from the disc and try the restore that way. If you have a UEFI system, you will need to disable SecureBoot in the BIOS before using the disc.
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