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¿How to open .wcl, .w01, etc. files in Windows 8.1?

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    ¿How to open .wcl, .w01, etc. files in Windows 8.1?


    Hello! My system got ruined a couple of days ago, I only have a Samsung Recovery image left, which can't be restored (fails during the process). I would like to recover certain files inside that backup, but I can't seem to find a software that can open or extract the files. The extensions are .wcl, .w01, .w02, etc.

    Any ideas? I am kind of desperate

    Thanks in advance!

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    Thanks for your answer, CountMike, but that software is to recover lost files, which is not my case.
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    Hola! These files were created by a proprietary backup/recovery software, and I very much doubt you can explore them without the original software. Still, you can always try to open them with an archiver like 7-zip (7-Zip), the .001 .002 naming scheme reminds me of the way rar/zip works. The zip format is used in a lot of applications today but is renamed. For example .epub (ebook format), .docx (latest windows word format), etc.. are all actually zip files. So it's worth a try checking with 7-zip or similar...

    From a quick google search, wcl is the format used by WinClon which was rebranded/customized as Samsung Recovery Solution. This type of rebranding usually limits greatly the number of features (kinda like the version of Acronis True Image which is given for free with some Hard Disks). You can probably find Samsung's version on its support site. I did find one on softpedia ( Samsung Recovery Solution Free Download - Softpedia ), but I have no idea if this version allows you to browse the content of your recovery files. Your best bet would be to find the original WinCLon, since I assume if has the full features but it's commercial and you'll have to pay for it.

    My advice : don't rely on obscure software for something as crucial as your backup/recovery solution, save your backup on a separate partition or better, an external drive. And keep a copy of the recovery software on a bootable usb key. Here are some free versions you can check :
    Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview
    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
    http://www.acronis.com/en-eu/#
    Last edited by oneeyed; 07 Oct 2014 at 10:24.
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    Thanks for your complete answer, oneeyed. I already tried with WinRAR and 7-zip, no luck. Tried looking for WinClon, but it's paid and for Mac OS only, and apparently does not offer the options either. Samsung Recovery does not allow to browse or extract files. I'm running out of alternatives
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    Perhaps this might help

    http://www.solvusoft.com/en/file-ext...extension-wcl/

    Please do not allow and program to attempt to REPAIR or REBUILD a corrupted file, let it work on a copy, and keep your original files original.

    Good luck
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    Thanks for your help, Brooklyn567. I will give that a try tonight.
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    I have tried nearly everything, no luck until now. I contacted Samsung in case they can figure it out. Please comment if you come up with another idea. Thanks again!
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