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Restore a Deleted LAN Drive File

LTS Microsoft servers have a feature called Shadow Copy. This feature saves backups of previous versions of files on the H and I drives, and also allows backups to occur while files are open. Shadow copy backups are made twice a day at 12 Noon and 7PM. This allows you to restore files or whole folders that have been changed/overwritten or deleted. The Shadow copy volume has a limited amount of space and will overwrite the oldest entries when it runs out of room. Files and folders can still be restored from tape backups-- requests for restoration from those backups should go through your Computing Consultant or Margaret Petrovich (83830) in Client Services.

This document shows how to restore a file that was overwritten on a LAN drive. To restore a file you have overwritten, see Restore an Overwritten LAN Drive File.

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Choose Computer from your Start menu.
Double-click the H drive to open it. In your H: drive, find the folder in which the file(s) you want to restore are/were. Right-click on the folder and choose Properties.

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In the Properties window, choose the Previous Version tab.

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Select the version you want, then:

To see what would be in the folder, click View.

To Copy the older version of the folder to another spot, click Copy and select a folder to copy to. The folder being restored will be copied as a subfolder to the destination you select.

To restore to the older version, click Restore. Click Yes to accept the restoration, and OK on the window that says the restoration is completed.

For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu