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Restore Files from Backups on Windows Home Server

If you use Windows Home Server to backup the machines on your network, your in luck if you accidentally delete important files or they become corrupted. Today we take a look at getting your data back from backups on your home server.

Open Windows Home Server Console and click select the Computers and Backup tab. Right-click on the computer you need to restore files for and select View Backups.

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This will open a list of your recent backups. Highlight the one you want to open, then click the Open button in the Restore or View Files section.

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If this is the first time you’re restoring a file, you’ll be asked to verify installation of the device software. Check the box next to Always trust software from Microsoft Corporation and click Install.

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Now wait while the backup data is retrieved.

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After the backup data has been retrieved, an explorer windows opens up to drive (Z:) which is the backup data. It’s just like if you were opening a drive on your local machine. Now you can browse through the backup and find the files your missing. You can open the files directly, or drag them onto your machine to the location you want to restore them.

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Restoring your data is actually a very easy process with Windows Home Server. Of course you’ll want to make sure the computers on your network are being backed up to WHS. if you need help with that, check out our article on how to configure your computer to backup to WHS. If you want to backup your home server shares, check out our article on how to backup WHS folder to an external drive.

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  • Published 03/9/10

Comments (5)

  1. darjeeling

    Its is very important this method specially here in our office we back up weekly for my workstation and daily for our server. and also the registrybooster are also very helpful.

  2. darjeeling

    Let me know if this method are work in windows 7 only?

  3. Mysticgeek

    @darjeeling: You can restore your files from Windows Home Server to any XP, Vista, or Windows 7 machine.

  4. Simon

    I just installed WHS this weekend. Your articles on WHS have been very helpful. Is it possible to extract backup files directly to the WHS volume without hitting the network? I’ve got about 250GB of data that’s in one of my backups that really just needs to be put on one of the shares. The backup took 18hrs… I don’t want to go through another 18hrs to copy data to the WHS that is already there.

  5. John M. Keller (ITBeast)

    This is a great how to article for restoring data on a PC that is connected to a Windows Home Server.

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