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Restoring Files and Folders

This guide will show you how to restore files and folders in the event of data loss as well as give you some recommended courses of action for common restore scenarios.


Restoring Files and Folders

  1. Log into the management portal and navigate to the computer account you want to restore data from.

  2. On the computer account page, go to the Restore tab and hit the button next to Files and Folders.

    Note:  If the original Backup Agent is offline, you will need to install it on another machine in order to run the restore.  See either the second or third scenario below.

  3. In the Restore page that appears, choose how you would like to filter files.  You have three options:

    • Folder Hierarchy - This will give you all files available to restore arranged by folder hierarchy.  Choosing a file or folder from this view will, by default, give you the most recent copy. 

    • Daily Snapshots - This filter will only show file revisions backed up previous to the date you choose.  For example, if you choose a daily snapshot from 5/3/2015, that snapshot will show you files which were backed up on or before 5/3/2105.  If you want to restore from a snapshot older than one week, you will need to do the restore from the software.  More information about that is here.

    • Backup Sets - When you choose this filter, files will be grouped together by backup set. 

      After choosing the appropriate view, select the files and folders you want to restore by placing a check mark next to them.  Drill into a folder by clicking the arrow to the right of each folder.  When you have selected what you want to restore, click Next to continue.


  4. fileandfolderrestore2.pngUnder the Destination tab, choose whether you will restore files to their original location or somewhere else, as well as how the Backup Agent will restore files if an existing version is already present.

    Hit Next to continue.

  5. fileandfolderrestore3.pngOn the Advanced tab,choose whether or not to restore file's NTFS permissions, attributes, and last modified date.  After making your selection, hit Next to go to a summary of the restore or hit Restore at the bottom to begin the restore.





Best Practices

Disable All Backup Sets

The first recommended action to take in a restore situation is to disable your backup sets; this will prevent new backups from overwriting or displacing data that may need to be restored.  To disable a backup set:

  1. Log into the management portal and go the the computer account we want to restore from.

  2. Go to the Backup tab and click on the slider under the Scheduled field for each backup set to change them from blue to gray.  This will switch them to "Manual" from "Automatic."

If the Backup Agent used to take backups is offline, you don't need to worry about disabling the backup sets as they will not run anyway.


First Scenario:  Restoring Back to the Original Machine

If the computer on which you took backups is still intact and the Backup Agent is still running, you can use that agent to restore files back onto the machine to "fill in the blanks."

  • Restore files and folders back to their original locations to replace missing files and/or overwrite corrupted ones or...

  • Restore files and folders to an alternate destination on this machine.  You can then go through the restored files to pick and choose which ones you want to copy back over to their original locations.


Second Scenario:  Restoring to a Replacement Machine

Let's say the machine you were taking backups of dies and there is no hope of recovering it.  Instead of trying to salvage the old computer, you will be replacing it with another machine and restoring files to it to recreate the old computer.

  1. Install the software on the new machine and pick the Move Account to This Computer option during setup.

  2. Perform a restore of the files back to their original location to have the Backup Agent recreate the file and folder hierarchy it was backing up.

    Note:  If you choose to restore the NTFS file permissions when performing this restore, the permissions restored with be those assigned to files, not their respective folders.  Restoring this way will not recreate the NTFS folder permission scheme present on the old machine. They will be restored with the permissions inherited from the parent folder/partition.


Third Scenario:  Restoring to an Alternate Machine Not Involved in Backups

If you want to restore files to a machine not involved in past or future backups of this data, you can do so the following way:

  1. Install the software on this machine and pick the Recovery Mode Installation option during setup.

  2. Perform a restore of the data you want.

  3. Copy the data you restored off of this machine and transfer it to its intended destination or recipient.

  4. Uninstall the software.

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