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Restore an Overwritten 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 deleted files or folders, see Restore a Deleted 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 file you want to restore and right-click it. Choose Properties.

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In the Properties window, choose the Previous Version tab.

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There may be one or more previous versions.
The Shadow Copy feature gives you the choice to View, Copy, or Restore the files. Restore is not recommended.

View: To examine a particular version, select the version and click View; the item will be opened as read-only.

Copy (recommended option): To save a copy of the older version in another location rather than overwrite your existing one, select it and click Copy. Find (and/or create) the folder you want to save it in, and click the Copy button.

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