Select files to restore

When you restore backed-up files with your Norton product, you might not need to restore all the files from a backup. You can restore the files that may have been damaged, accidentally erased, or modified incorrectly. Your Norton product provides several ways for you to select only the files that you need to restore.

When you click the Browse for Files and Folders option, you can view a list of all the backed-up files. You can easily select the files that you want to restore by checking them. You can filter the files by its categories available in the left pane in the Restore Files window.

The various options that are available under the Filter Results By section in the left pane of the window are:

All file types

You can view all the backed-up files in a backup set.

File Categories

You can view all the file categories in the left pane that you have previously backed up. When you click a file category, you can view all the backed-up files of that file category in the right pane.

Folders

You can view all the backed-up folders containing files available in a backup set.

Selected Files

You can view all the files and folders that you select to restore.

You can also search for a particular file by using the Search option. You can exclude each item in the right pane if you want to exclude it from restoration by unchecking it.

You can use any of the following methods, and you can combine methods, to select files to restore:

Restore all files and categories

You can restore all the backed-up files without excluding any file within a backup set.

Restore files by searching

You can search by file name, or by part of a file name from the list of backed up files and restore them. You can also use wildcard characters, such as asterisks (*) or question marks (?) to search file names or folder names. For example, you can type *.doc to search all the Microsoft Word documents.

Restore individual files within a file category

You can see a list of the files that are included in each file category, and choose which of those files to restore.

You can select the files and the file categories that you want to restore in the Restore Files window.

Select all the backed-up files to restore

  1. In the Norton product main window, double-click Backup, and then click Restore Files.

  2. In the Restore Files window, next to Files, check Restore All Files and Categories.

    All of the backed-up files and folders in the backup set get selected for restore.

Select files to restore by searching

  1. In the Norton product main window, double-click Backup, and then click Restore Files.

  2. Under Files, in the Search text box, type all or part of a file name, or the extension of the file.

  3. Click Search.

    The window that appears displays the file names that contain the text that you typed.

  4. Check the files that you want to restore, and then click OK.

  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to add more files to the list of those that your Norton product restores.

Select an individual file within a file category to restore

  1. In the Norton product main window, double-click Backup, and then click Restore Files.

  2. In the Restore Files window, under Files, click Browse for Files and Folders.

  3. In the left pane, under Show Results for, click a file category from which you want to restore files.

  4. In the right pane, do one of the following:

    • Check the files that you want to restore.

    • If you want to restore all the files in that category or folder, check the check box in the header close to Backup Item.

  5. Repeat steps 3 through 4 to add more files to the list of those that your Norton product restores.

    You can use the Selected Files option in the left pane under Show Results for to view all the selected files that you want to restore.

  6. Click OK.

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DOCID: v6958548_ns_backup_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 12/13/2016