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Explorer Plug-In: Restore Data

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Previewing Data Backed Up onto a Virtual Drive

Viewing and Restoring Versions of a File

Viewing Latest Backup Information for a File

Restoring Files and Folders from the Edge Menu

Restoring Files and Folders using Windows Explorer

Refreshing the View of My Data

Opening a Backed-up File in its Associated Application

When the Explorer Plug-In is enabled, the This Computer > My Data virtual drive in Windows Explorer contains backed up data for the logged-on user. A folder with a special icon is created under My Data for each physical computer that you own.

Previewing Data Backed Up onto a Virtual Drive

You can preview the backed-up data by looking at it in the My Data virtual drive.

  1. In Windows Explorer, expand This Computer > My Data, then navigate to your source files.
  2. Enable the preview pane in Windows Explorer.
  3. Click on a file to preview. The content of the file you selected appears in the preview pane.

Note: If a preview of your file does not appear, your file may not be a supported previewing format.

Viewing and Restoring Versions of a File

  1. Open Windows Explorer and expand This Computer > My Data.
  2. Navigate to the backed-up file that you want to restore, then right-click it.
  3. Click Edge > View All Versions to see available versions of the file.
  4. Click the file version you want to restore, then:
    • To restore the file to the location it was backed up from, click Yes. If the file currently exists in that location, and you want to replace it, leave the Overwrite Existing Files/Folders option selected.
    • To restore the file to a different location than the one it was backed up from, click No. Navigate to the new destination, then click Select Folder.
  5. Verify the results by looking in the restore location.

Viewing Latest Backup Information for a File

  1. Open Windows Explorer and expand This Computer > My Data.
  2. Navigate to a backed-up file, then right-click it and click Properties.
  3. The Edge tab shows the size of the file as backed up, and when the last backup was taken.

Restoring Files and Folders from the Edge Menu

  1. In Windows Explorer, expand This Computer > My Data and navigate to the backed-up file or folder that you want to restore, then click to select it. The plug-in supports multi-selecting files and folders by using the SHIFT and CTRL modifier keys.
  2. Right-click the selected items, point to Edge, then click Restore.
    • To restore the items to the location they were backed up from, click Yes. If the items currently exist in that location, and you want to replace them, leave the Overwrite Existing Files/Folders option selected. If you clear the Overwrite Existing Files/Folders option, the file will be restored as a copy, with the file name indicating the version of the file that was brought back from the backup media.
    • To restore the items to a location that is different from the one they were backed up from, click No. Navigate to the new destination, then click Select Folder.
  3. Verify the results by looking in the restore location.

Restoring Files and Folders using Windows Explorer

You can restore files and folders from the backup to another location that you have write permission to, by using Windows Explorer's built-in drag and drop, or copy-and-paste features.

Note: The plug-in supports copying data from My Data, but does not support copying data to My Data.

  1. In Windows Explorer, under This Computer > My Data, select the backed-up files and folders to restore. Multi-selecting files and folders by using the SHIFT and CTRL modifier keys is supported.
  2. Drag and drop the files to a location on a drive that you have write permissions for, or use Windows copy and paste functions. The Windows Copying dialog box appears while the file is being restored to the new location, if the restore operation takes long enough.
  3. Verify the results by looking in the restore location.

Refreshing the View of My Data

If the contents of My Data have changed, such as when a new backup has been taken, you can see the changes by right-clicking the My Data drive, then clicking Edge > Refresh My Data. This option is also available in the Edge menu item when right-clicking files and folders. Note that no matter where you click it, it refreshes the entire contents of My Data.

Opening a Backed-up File in its Associated Application

The Explorer Plug-in lets you download a backed-up file by opening it directly in its associated application. Once you have opened it, you can save it wherever you like, such as your local hard drive, or a network share.

To open a backed-up file in its application, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Explorer, expand This Computer > My Data, then navigate to the file and double-click it.
  2. The file opens in the application associated with that file type. For example, a .docx file will normally open Microsoft Word unless your computer is configured to open it in another application.
  3. After a brief delay required to restore the file to a working area (during which you may see a Downloading File progress indicator), the application opens, with the file you double-clicked.
  4. To save the restored file in a different location, use the application's Save As functionality.

Last modified: 9/10/2018 8:32:52 PM