Highly Reliable Systems: Removable Disk Backup & Recovery


High-Sync: Restore files from backup

By Nicholas Bailey

To restore files from a backup, start by coping the files you want. Then, the restore operation copies from the right-hand side back to the left-hand side, like normal. The ‘Restore Wizard’ will take you through all of the steps. Additionally, you can manually set up a restore job. Make a copy of the backup profile using the ‘Save As’ button and slightly change the name, then reverse the copying direction. For the restore, it should now be ‘Right to Left.’ You may want to choose a different destination folder for the restore, so that the restored files are not being copied back to their original location(s) immediately. Restoring is easier if you are copying to a new folder and do not need to worry about existing files.


Older Versions

The ‘Restore Wizard’ will let you specify a ‘Target Date’ for your restore. This can be an earlier date, in case you want to restore older versions of the files, rather than the most current ones. When you edit the restore profile manually, you will find this option on the ‘File Age and Size’ filters. After starting the restore, you will see the newest version of each file in the ‘Synchronization Preview.’ To select an earlier version of a file, right-click the file and choose the version you want from the menu.


Selecting folders and files

To restore only a specific folder, you can modify the profile’s path specification for the right-hand side accordingly, with the left side to match. Also, you can use the button ‘Selected Folders and Files.’ If you are looking for specific files, you can type their names, or an appropriate file mask, into the ‘Filename Mask(s)’ field in the profile. After starting the profile, you can remove any files you do not need in the ‘Synchronization Preview,’ by using the F5 key.

If no files are shown, due to the same or newer versions of the files exist on the left-hand side, then you need to click on ‘Show All’ in the top left corner of the ‘Synchronization Preview.’ You will now see all files, but no actions have been specified for them yet. Select the files you want and specify the desired copying direction using the check-boxes, the right-click menu, or the F8 key.

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