Restore files like an expert from backup (on-site or cloud)

by Nov 3, 2014Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Knowing how to restore files from backup in advance is critical to minimizing downtime

Losing files is an unspoken calamity, but having to restore an operating system, as well as all of the applications one-by-one, is yet another…and not a way to begin, or end, the day. But understanding how to restore files from backup is not a simple one-two-step.

For starters, there’s always the Version-dilemma of not knowing which file to bring forward—or not having that choice at all! One way to address this problem is to go about saving in multiple backups: use different time points; more importantly, choose a cloud service that offers backup of more than just the recent file.

As the CIO website notes, this will usually guarantee data recovery in an array of time slots before the incident happened. To take it even a few notches further, it’s even recommended to create a number of on-premise and off-site image saves for quicker recoveries.

For users who are determined to keep all of their backups on premise, such as using an external hard drive, here’s the process for file retrieval for the Backup Novice:

With the device connected to the PC (yes!) simply click Start and type in ‘backup and restore;’ the click on Restore My Files.

At this point you must decide if it’s All User’s Files, or selected files. Select Browse for Files/Folders and hunt down your choices. Then choose where you want this collection to appear: Original Location…or opt for another location.

To do the biggy recovery of a complete system recovery, of course, activate ‘Recover System Settings or Your Computer.’

Contact us to learn more about our hosting service and remarkable IT staff who will make you feel they are actually in your server room. We’ll be sure to walk you through how to restore files from backup.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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