Open BAK file on a disk

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I have a 3.5 disk with a BAK file. How do I open it?
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  • TheRealRaven
    You can open it with Notepad on Windows if you wish. But "opening" a file won't necessarily do you any good unless you know how to read what you see.

    In general, "opening" a .BAK file is useless for most people. What most people need to do is to restore it rather than just to "open" it. Of course, restoring it might be a very bad choice depending on what's in the .BAK file. It'd be easy to destroy a lot of work if you restore the wrong versions.

    What's in the file?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    What did you mean "3.5 disk"? Is this a Floppy disk? And that the file is inside of this disk? If yes, this is very old mechanism. But first of all it is needed to clear either you meant Floppy disk or other mean of media?
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  • ToddN2000
    I assume you are referring to an old floppy disk, either 720k or 1.44meg. Any simple text editor may be able to open it like Raven mentioned provided you have a drive to put the disk in.. I have not used on in the better part of a decade. There may also be an issue with the data itself.. Magnetic disk and tape degrades over time.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you did mean old floppy disk, then at any means you have to insert this disk in a floppy drive & then can access the file(s). But modern laptops/ PCs don't have floppy disk drive. So, you may ask to a computer repairing center/ shop/ cyber cafĂ© (better go to a computer repairing center) to retrieve files from floppy disk & then copy/ transfer to a flash drive/ CD. Probably they have this old mechanism & you can get help from them.
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