Recover Files And Folders Using Windows Previous Versions Feature

If your server is configured for versioning you can use the Previous Versions  feature of Windows to restore previous copies of files and folders, that may have been accidentally modified, damaged or even deleted.

To recover a file, go to the folder where that particular file is stored, right-click, it and then select “Properties” from the contextual menu.

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Now go to the “Previous Versions” tab. You will see a list of available previous versions of the particular file that was saved in Shadow Copies.

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There are three options available: “Open”“Copy…”, and “Restore…”. If you click the “Copy…” button, file will be restored to a specific location. If you click the “Restore…” button, the file will be overwritten with the previous version. We suggest you create a new folder on your hard drive and use the “Copy…” button to restore a previous version to that folder. Click “Copy…” and you will be asked to select the location where you want to copy the file. Select the location and click “Copy”.

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Windows will now recover the previous version of the file from the Shadow Volume Copies and save it in the specified folder.

If you want to recover the entire folder using the Previous Versions feature, you need to apply most of the steps used when restoring a single file. Go to the folder location, open the folder, and then right-click its background. Select “Properties” from the contextual menu.

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Go to the “Previous Versions” tab and you will see a list of all previous versions of the particular folder that was saved in Shadow Copies. There will be three options available: “Open”“Copy…”, and “Restore…”. If you click the “Copy…” button, the folder will be restored to a specific location. If you click the “Restore…” button, the folder will be overwritten with the previous versions of all files contained within it. We suggest you use the “Copy…” button to avoid overwriting files you might need by mistake.

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Click “Copy…” and you will be asked to select the place location to copy the particular folder. Select the location and click “Copy”.

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Windows will now restore the entire previous version of the folder from the Shadow Volume Copies into the specified folder. Close the properties Window and access your restore folder to use the restored files you need.