Restoring entire Windows 8 'File History' backup
Posted on 2013-06-03
I have a laptop with a borked hard drive: doesn't boot, a working PC can't read the drive - it's recognised only as a 'RAW' drive not an NTFS one.
The laptop ran Windows 8 and used 'File History' to keep a backup of all the files in Documents, Music, Pictures etc to a network location
I can browse that network location and I see the files, but among them there are multiple copies of each file with timestamps in their name, so they must be the previous versions of those files that File History maintains to be able to restore files back to historical states.
I need to restore everything. Microsoft's documentation doesn't seem to cover that eventuality.
I have only Windows 7 PCs to refer to until a replacement hard drive arrives later today, onto which I can reinstall Windows 8 for the machine that has the dead drive. I'm sure then I'd be able to use File History to recover the single and most recent copy of everything from that backup.
Has anyone done that before (how) or been able to restore using a non-Windows 8 machine? If this was an urgent job it'd be better to be able to restore now, but happily it's not, and we can wait till we get Windows 8 to do it - but I'm still interested.