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Restore Files

Academic Network Drive

Snapshots allow any user to restore their own deleted or modified files.

  • Snapshots are periodic backup records made of all SEASAD user files.
  • A snapshot is taken every four hours, starting at 4 a.m daily.
  • Once the day is up, the midnight hourly snapshot becomes a nightly snapshot.
  • Nightly snapshots cycle into weekly snapshots, therefore files which were on the system on a Sunday night will be retrievable up to a month after they are lost.

Restore Academic Files Using Windows

  • Log on to computer in the SEASAD domain.

  • From the Start menu select Run

  • In the text box enter explorer h:\.snapshot (Note: it is important to notice that a period is in front of the word snapshot).

This will open a window with several folders containing the available snapshots.

Decide which snapshot would most likely have the file you want to restore and double click on it (usually the most recent, which is hourly.0.

You now will be able to see your home directory as it existed when the snapshot was taken.

Locate and select the file(s) that you desire to restore.

  • Click the right mouse-button and select copy.

  • Double-click on My Computer and then your H: drive.

  • Click the right mouse-button and select paste to restore your files onto H:

Restore Files Using Linux

  • SSH into shell.seasad.wustl.edu
  • At the prompt type cd ~/.snapshot, to change to your hidden snapshot directory. Note: It is very important to notice there is a period in front of the word "snapshot".
  • Now type ls -l to list the available snapshots. The backup files available and when they were created will be displayed.
  • Decide which snapshot would most likely have the file you want to restore (usually the most recent, which is hourly.0).
  • At the prompt type cd hourly.0 (or substitute hourly.0 with whatever snapshot you desire to restore from)
  • If you now type ls -l you will be able to see your home directory as it existed when the snapshot was taken.
  • If you are proficient in UNIX, at this time you can just locate the file(s) you desire to restore and copy them back to your home directory, otherwise use the following commands.
  • Use the ls or ls -l commands to list the contents of a directory.

  • To change into a directory type cd and then the name of the directory you desire to change to.
  • When you find the file you wish to restore you can copy it to your home directory by typing cp filename ~

Research Network Drive

To restore files, map the network drive: \\fs1\research-home\SeasUser where SeasUser is your SEAS ID.

After the drive is mapped right click the folder/file you want to restore. Select Properties. Next select the Previous Versions tab.

Select the folder/files you want to restore and select the Restore button. A window will appear to confirm that you want to restore the file.


Contact

Lopata Hall, Room 408
314-935-5097
Fax: 314-935-4343
support@seas.wustl.edu
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CST)