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They are on back up dvd's from windows 7 ( which is no longer available) when I tried to restore them with linux back up utility nothing I'm using linux mint 14 cinnamon, and was hoping to be able to get this info back ?
if you used a backup program they have probably been stored as data files. reading them with the file manager will show them to have either a dat. or bak. extension recovering them for transfer to your linux system will require restoring them on a windows machine and direct copied to dvd or usb hard drive