ResearchDrive - Restoring Files or Folders from Snapshots

This document explains how to restore files or folders from ResearchDrive snapshots.

ResearchDrive Data Protection

Data stored on ResearchDrive is automatically backed up daily and replicated offsite for additional data protection. Snapshots are taken once a day and kept for 14 days and then weekly snapshots are kept for an additional two weeks. This allows you to recover accidentally deleted files or folders within the past month.

If the default snapshot schedule does not meet your needs, please contact the ResearchDrive team at researchdrive@wisc.edu to discuss a custom data protection strategy.

The following instructions explain how to recover data from snapshots yourself on Windows or Linux computers but do not hesitate to submit a ResearchDrive - Support Request if you need assistance.

Recovering Files/Folders from Snapshots on Windows

  1. Open Windows Explorer and go the folder containing the files you wish to recover
  2. Right-click on the folder and select Previous Versions.

    previous versions

  3. Select the appropriate folder to recover the file from using the Date Modified, and click Open.

    open snapshot

  4. Copy the snapshot files to a new location.
  5. restore snapshot

Recovering Files/Folders from Snapshots on Linux

  1. Open the folder containing the files you wish to recover
  2. Navigate to the hidden ".snapshot" folder with "ls -lt .snapshots/*".
  3. Select the desired checkpoint and then the files/folder to be recovered.
  4. Copy the snapshot files to a new location.

Recovering Files/Folders from Snapshots on Mac OS

At present, due to a software bug, ResearchDrive snapshot recovery is not available from Mac OS computers. Please use a Windows or linux computer to restore the files/folders or refer to ResearchDrive - Requesting Support for assistance recovering the data.




Keywords:research drive storage backup restore recover delete file folder recover snap shot erase corrupt recovery   Doc ID:96394
Owner:Michael L.Group:UW-Madison Research Data
Created:2019-12-04 13:35 CSTUpdated:2020-04-08 10:16 CST
Sites:UW-Madison Research Data
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