Open BAK File
BAK file extension is used by a very large number of different applications to store BAcKup data. Backups are redundant copies of some data which are stored in a different location than original. Good backup practice is to use different physical media at a different physical storage location.
Backups are also created before executing complex operations that have high likelihood of failure. If some error occurs it is then possible to restore data to a previous consistent state and retry the operation again.
Usually you can open BAK file only by the application that created it. Sometimes BAK file can be just copied over the original file by changing the file extension from BAK to the appropriate one. Such operations should only be executed by skilled professionals since changing file extensions can cause data errors and corruption.
Open BAK File on Windows OS
- Find a BAK file in question in Windows File Explorer and double click on it.
- If a file is not opened in an application and you instead get a "Windows can't open a file" error message you should try looking for an application which can open the BAK file in question.
- If you know the application which can open BAK file then run it and see if there is a File->Open option in the application main menu.
- If you don't know the application which can open BAK file then try to search for "BAK wiki", "application to open BAK file" or "BAK file" queries in the search engine you like.
- Install the application you found and check if it can open BAK file
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