Restoration of iterative Backups

Asked by Matthias Bender on 2014-04-02

Why won't sBackup restore files from a folder when using an iterative backup? Do I really have to go back to the last full backup and restore each iteration manually? Especially since the GUI actually shows me all the files.

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Best Jean-Peer Lorenz (peer.loz) said : #1

Hi Matthias,

thanks for using sbackup and posting your question.

There are 2 ways to restore files from your backups:
1) Restore/Restore as... (Wiederherstellen/Wiederherstellen unter...)
This will restore files from the selected snapshot (only) and *only* if they are present in this snapshot. This works with full snapshots as well incremental ones.

I think this is what you're looking for. You can check whether a file was included in the snapshot by means of the 'Snapshot details' in the restore-gui: here is stated whether it is a directory or a file included (aufgenommen) or not not included/not changed (nicht geändert). Only files actually included in the snapshot (i.e. in the tarball) can be restored by this way. Unfortunately this also means, you have to look for the snapshot with the (latest) version of the file your are looking for.

2) Revert/Revert as... (Änderungen rückgängig machen...)
This will restore files in a recursive way, i.e. beginning from the parent snapshot (latest full one), followed by all subsequent incremental one until the selected snapshot is reached. Doing so you can select any file in a snapshot and its possible to restore its latest state irrespective it is included in the selected snapshot. Drawback of this method is that it can take much longer.

Hope this helps. Please keep me posted. Best regards.

Thank you for your great explanation. It was option 2 I was searching for. I think it was the german translation of "rückgängig machen" that confused me. So thanks for your great and fast help.