So I find the 1st worst case scenario. There is no way using Win7 to restore files made with MS backup/restore utility in XP. This forces me to maintain a machine in XP just to access those backup files. I do have the XP with Kamikaze Girls theme, but it leaves a bad taste having to do it this way.
I got three 1.5 TB drives to accomplish the BU’s that need to be run, but now question how to do so since the XP application is now obsolete! One will be used to house my CD collection as it is already over 0.5 TB in WAV files.