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Restore Data

There are two restore methods available, the traditional restore and OpenDirect restore. OpenDirect restore applies only to File backup sets with OpenDirect feature enabled.

For more details on the differences of the two restore methods, refer to Benefits of using OpenDirect Restore.

Traditional Restore

1. Log in to the CloudBacko Go application.

2. Click the Restore icon on the CloudBacko Go main interface.

3. All the available backup sets for restore will be listed. Select the backup set that you would like to restore data from.

4. Select where you would like to restore your data from.

5. Select Normal restore, then click Next.

6. Select to restore files from a specific backup job, or from all files available, then select the files or folders that you would like to restore.

There are two options from the “Select what to restore” dropdown menu:

  • Choose from files as of job – This option allows you to select a backup version from a specific date and time to restore.

  • Choose from ALL files – This option allows you to restore all the available backup versions for this backup set. Among all the available backup versions, you can even select only some of the backup versions of a file to restore.

The following is an example showing all the available backup versions of the file credentials.txt. The latest version is shown in solid black color and all the previous versions are shown in grey color. You can identify the file version from the Date modified column.

When the restore is done, you will see all the selected backup versions in the restore destination. The latest backup version has the file name as the original file, while the previous versions have the time stamps added to their file names for easy identification.

7. Click the Show files checkbox to select individual files for restoration. Click Next to proceed when you are done with the selections.

8. Select to restore the files to their Original location, or to an Alternate location. Then, click Next to proceed.

  • Original location – The backed-up data will be restored to the computer running CloudBacko Go under the same directory path as on the machine storing the backup source. For example, if the backup source files are stored under Users/[User’s Name]/Documents folder, the data will be restored to Users/[User’s Name]/Documents as well on the computer running CloudBacko Go.

  • Alternate location – You can choose to restore the data to a location of your choice on the computer where CloudBacko Go is running.

9. Click Show advanced option to configure other restore settings:

  • Restore file permissions - Restore file permissions are disabled by default. When you perform a file restore on shared files or folders using a shared computer, it is recommended that you enable Restore file permissions by ticking the checkbox so that the files restored will not be fully accessible to everyone using the shared computer.
  • Follow Link (Enabled by default) - When this option is enabled, not only the symbolic link or junction point will be restored, the directories and files that the symbolic link or junction point links to will also be restored.

The table below summarizes the behaviors when a restore is performed with different settings.

Follow Link Restore to Behavior
Enabled Original location Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the original backup location.

Target directories or files are also restored to the original backup location.
Enabled Alternate location Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the location specified.

Target directories or files are also restored to the alternate location specified.
Disabled Original location Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the original backup location.

Target directories or files are NOT restored to the original backup location.
Disabled Alternate location Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the location specified.
Target directories or files are NOT restored to the alternate location specified.
  • Resolve Link (Only for restoring to Alternate Location) - This option must be used in conjunction with the Follow Link option. When this option is enabled, the symbolic link or junction point, as well as the directories and files that the symbolic link or junction point links to will also be restored in the alternate location you have chosen. That means the link or junction will point to the alternate location instead of the original location.

The table below summarizes the behaviors when a restore is performed with this option turned on and off.

Resolve Link Behavior
Enabled Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the alternate location specified, with its target directories and files also restored to the same location in their relative path.

Target of the link or junction is updated to the new relative path. In other word, the link or junction now points to the new alternate location.
Disabled Symbolic link or junction point is restored to the alternate location specified, with its target directories and files also restored to the same location in their relative path.

However, target of the link or junction is NOT updated to the new relative path. In other word, the link or junction still points to the original location.
  • Verify checksum of in-file delta files during restore - This option is disabled by default. When you perform restore for non-OpenDirect backup set, you can enable the feature by ticking the checkbox so that the checksum of in-file delta files will be verified. As the feature will make the restore process time longer, it is recommended to enable the feature only if you want to verify if the merged file were correct.

Click Next to proceed.

10. Select the temporary directory for storing temporary files, such as delta files, when they are being merged.

By default, the temporary files are stored under the temp directory of the user profile directory. In case the same directory path does not exist in the computer you are running CloudBacko Go, you have to click Browse to define a new location for storing the temporary files. Otherwise, you will not be able to perform a restore.

11. Click Restore to start the restore. The status will be shown.

12. When the restore is completed, the message “Restore Completed Successfully” will appear.

You can click the View icon on the right-hand side to check the log. A window will pop up to show the log. Click Close to exit the pop-up window.

13. In the Restore window, click Cancel to close the Restore window.

14. To exit CloudBacko Go, click the “x” on the top right corner. A message will appear to ask for your confirmation. Click Yes to close the application. If you wish to use CloudBacko Go again, you will then have to launch it again.

OpenDirect Restore

This restore method applies to backup sets created with OpenDirect restore enabled only.

1. Log in to the CloudBacko Go application.

2. Click the Restore icon on the CloudBacko Go main interface.

3. All the available backup sets for restore will be listed. Select the backup set that you would like to restore data from.

4. Select where you would like to restore your data from.

5. Select “Open backup data directly without restoration (OpenDirect)”.

You may select the “Read timeout limit” by clicking Show advanced option.

This selection defines the duration when the OpenDirect restore session will be disconnected if there is no response from the mounted compressed or image file.

  • Default – This setting should be suitable for compressed or image file located on a local, removable, or network drive. The time out value is 15 seconds.
  • Unlimited – the connection will not be time out when this is selected. This selection is recommended under the following usage:
  • Backup destination is a cloud storage.
  • A large compressed or image file with large incremental delta chain.

If in doubt or unsure about the compressed or image file size or network stability, it is recommended to use Unlimited.

Click Next to proceed when you are done with the selection.

6. The following screen shows when you perform OpenDirect restore for this backup set on this machine for the first time only. Make sure you click Install to enable mounting of file(s) on this machine. Clicking No will exit the restore process.

7. Select to restore files from a specific backup job, or from all files available, then select the files or folders that you would like to restore.

8. Select a temporary directory for storing restore files, then click Restore to start the OpenDirect restore.

9. You will be prompted to select the drive letter where you wish the mounted files to be mapped on your machine, click OK when you have finished the selection.

10. The selected drive letter will be mapped and prompted in the Windows Files Explorer with the files you wish to restore shown.

11. You can now click on the files to view them directly from here, which will be in read-only mode.

If it is a zipped file, you can directly click on it to see all the individual files inside.

You may also copy individual file(s) you wish to restore to your local machine.

12. The mounted drive letter cannot be ejected from the Windows File Explorer, it will only be closed when you exit CloudBacko Go.

13. When you have finished restoring the necessary files, you can go back to CloudBacko Go and click Cancel to exit the OpenDirect Restore. Then click Stop the OpenDirect to confirm.

1. As a result of the limitation of the virtual file system library, the mapped drive will only be unmounted from your machine when you exit CloudBacko Go. In other words, each OpenDirect restore session on CloudBacko Go can only mount and unmount once.

2. OpenDirect restore of file backup sets will not generate restore log on CloudBacko Go.

public/quickstart/windows/restore.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/09 12:37 by support