Re­cover back­ups

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

If there’s data you need to re­cover from a backup, now is the time to do so. Start with File His­tory – go to Set­tings > ‘Up­date & se­cu­rity’ > Backup and click ‘More op­tions’ fol­lowed by ‘See ad­vanced set­tings’ to switch to the File His­tory con­trol panel. Click ‘Se­lect Drive’ to see avail­able drives, then se­lect your ex­ist­ing backup drive and you’ll ei­ther see a box marked ‘I want to use a pre­vi­ous back-up on this File His­tory drive’ (tick it if so) or a list of pre­vi­ous back­ups from the sys­tem (se­lect the most re­cent one to con­tinue us­ing it). Once se­lected, you’ll be able to re­cover data from the backup in the usual way: type ‘file his­tory’ into the Search box and click ‘Re­store your files with File His­tory’ to get started.

If you’re look­ing for a file from your pre­vi­ous Win­dows in­stal­la­tion – per­haps be­cause it’s not in File His­tory or you for­got some­thing from an ob­scure user folder – then the Macrium Re­flect disk im­age you took prior to re­in­stalling will ride to your res­cue.

Make sure Macrium is re­in­stalled, then browse for the im­age. Dou­ble-click it to open a Backup Se­lec­tion win­dow. Tick the drive you want ac­cess to, then tick ‘En­able ac­cess to re­stricted fold­ers’, as­sign it a drive let­ter and click OK. You can now browse this im­age via File Ex­plorer like any other drive – now sim­ply copy any files that you need from the drive to their new lo­ca­tion to re­store them.

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