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2.5. Restoring backups

fwbackups can restore your files and folders from any set or one-time backup.
  1. To start, click Restore on the toolbar to open the restore dialog.
  2. Enter the folder where you wish to restore your files to into the entry labeled Restore to. To the make selection more convenient, you may use the Browse... button to open a file browser dialog. A green icon indicates that the folder entered is writable and a red icon indicates that the folder is unwritable (another must be chosen or the restore operation will fail).

    Folder structure

    Folder structure is preserved in restore operations, so files will be restored relative to their original location. For example, restoring a backup of of /home/myusername to /tmp will result in your files being restored to /tmp/home/myusername.
    Setting the restore location to the root directory (/ on Linux, Mac OS X and other Unix-based platforms) or the root drive (typically C:\ on the Windows platform) will restore your files to their original locations.
  3. Select where to restore files from. There are several possible options:
    Set backup
    Drop-down menus will be available for you to select the set name and backup date to use for the restore operation.
    Local archive
    Use this option to restore Archive/tar format one-time backups available on local storage (such as hard disks or removable media). Click Browse... to select the location of the archive file to restore.
    Local folder
    Use this option to restore Direct copy/rsync format one-time backups available on local storage (such as hard disks or removable media). Click Browse... to select the backup folder to restore.
    Remote archive (SSH)
    Same as Local archive with the exception that the archive will be retrieved from a remote machine before restoring its contents.
    Remote folder (SSH)
    Same as Local folder with the exception that the folder will be retrieved from a remote machine before restoring its contents.

    This feature is a work in progress

    Restoring from remote folders is a new feature that is supported not speed-optimized yet. This operation may be slow.
    Once you have configured the restore operation, click Start Restore to begin restoring files. Depending on the size of your backup, restoring files may take some time.