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How do I just restore all of the files I backed up in Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 Desktop Version

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Hi there,

 

Just installed Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 Desktop Edition. I've setup all my backups no problem. I am not using the backup my entire computer / recovery point option as it is not appropriate to image the entire drive. I just need to back up the server shares (about 6 folders with many subfolders and files totalling approx 75 gigabytes) on a daily basis.

The issue I'm having is that I cannot find a way to just restore all of the folders and their contents in their entirety (as I would need to do in the event of a hard drive failure). When I select recover my files it brings up a search window with "find files to recover". If I type in the name of the top level folder (containing all server shares / subfolers) it appears in the window but if I right click it the option to recover files is greyed out meaning I can't just recover the whole thing. When i double click it it list ALL the files inside including many versions of each that have been incrementally backed up. I can't even just highlight all and restore as it says "my search criteria returned more files than can be displayed". I can see no way to just restore the whole folder structure like I would have done in NTBackup

I can't understand why it would be designed like this - surely there must be a way to just do a restore of the most recent file and folder backup in its entirety? There's no reference to this in any of the literature / reviews - I cannot believe there could be such a fundamental oversight?

Cheers,
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by:Rodney Barnhardt
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It is really only designed to recover single or a few files at at time if you are not doing a disk image. Have you tried searching "*.*" as the search criteria. If that shows all of them, then press "Ctrl-A" to select all of them, and restore.
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by:VogueSoftware
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Many thanks getting back to me and sorry about the delay - never received an email notification of yoru response for some reason.

I did try ctrl A but it returns an error message that there are two many files to display.
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by:VogueSoftware
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The workaround I am currently employing is to shift all non essential information off the data partition then reconfigure the backups so they do a recovery point of the entire data partition (instead of the files and folders option). When i used the granular restore option it worked exactly how I wanted allowing me to restore entire folders with directory structures intact.

I just wondered if the recovery point method I am now using is as reliable as a normal backup or whether they were prone to errors or failures (as I've found with other imaging software in the past). In general Symantec backup is regarded as very reliable and (unlike NTbackup) if it says a backup has passed you can be fairly certain it has - will this still be the case. Also should is it important to check the backup validation option?
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Rodney Barnhardt earned 500 total points
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I think you are pretty safe with Symantec versus something like NTBackup. I have been using Symantec backup products for years, and the only time I have had problems is if it was written to tape(unreliable anyway) and the drive had trouble reading it. Or, something was accidentally overwritten. I just don't think it works the way you thought it would.
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