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Recover and restore files from backups: Windows

If you have backed up your files to the Tivoli Storage Manager server using the TSM client, you can restore files and folders from the server to your computer. This is especially useful if you accidentally delete important files or you need to replace your hard drive. Software and computer applications, however, should not be reinstalled from the TSM server.

  1. Open the Tivoli Storage Manager by clicking on the Windows Start button, selecting Programs, Tivoli Storage Manager, and then Backup Archive GUI.

  2. If prompted, enter your node name as the User id and your node's password. Click Login.

  3. In the Tivoli Storage Manager window, click Restore.

  4. Browse and select your files for restoration. Place a checkmark beside each of the files and folders you wish to restore. Note that your hard drive will be located under your node name:
    • In the left hand column, click the + next to your node name.
    • Click the + next to File Level.
    • Click the + next to your computer name. This will usually be \\computername\c$. (For most Windows users, the My Documents folder is located within the Users folder.)

    Click Restore to begin the restoration process.

    Note: if any of the files you wish to restore are not listed in the backup storage, try opening the View menu and selecting Display active/inactive files.

  5. The Restore Destination window will be displayed. We recommend restoring to a different location than where the files were originally stored, as this will ensure important files are not accidentally replaced. Select Following location to choose a location. Click Select to specify the destination directory.

  6. The Select Restore Destination Directory window will be displayed. Navigate to the folder that you want the file(s) stored on your local hard drive. Click OK.

  7. You will be returned to the Restore Destination window. To restore only individual files into one directory, select Do not preserve directory structure. For the restoration of files and their folders, select Restore partial path. Click Restore.
  8. The restore status will be displayed as restoration proceeds. Click Stop if you wish to abort the restore process. Click Report if you wish to view a detailed status report.
  9. When restoration is complete click OK.

  10. Close the detailed status report to return to the main menu.

Open the restored files to verify that they have been restored correctly. If you have any problems, contact the Computer Help Desk.