One of the most sought-after benefits of Dell’s Rapid Recovery solution is the ability to recover any piece of data from anywhere.  Today, we’re going to show you how to do a file level restore in Rapid Recovery.  Let’s get to it!

Step 1 – Choose Protected Machine

From the menu on the left, select which Protected Machine that you wish to restore the file from.  Let’s recover a piece of data from an SQL Machine.

Click on the name of the machine and Rapid Recovery will display a summary of the machine’s details.



Step 2 – Choose Recovery Point

Now that you have selected which Protected Machine to restore from, click on Recovery Points from the top navigation.

Inside the Recovery Points dashboard you will be able to see all of the incremental recovery points that have been backed up and saved by Dell Rapid Recovery.




On the right-hand side of each recovery point instance, you will find a drop-down menu with a few different restoration options:

Mount – Mount this instance.

Export – Begin a one-time export of the recovery point so that it can be imported into another environment.  For example, moving a Hyper-V instance to a VMware location.

Restore – Restore the entire volume from the backup.

Force Attachability Check – Check the instance to verify that it is free of errors and that you could do a restoration from this instance if necessary.




Step 3 – Mount Data Point

Select Mount from the list of recovery options.

This will open up a wizard which walks you through the steps necessary to mount the data point.




First, select the volume sets that you wish to mount and click “Next.”

Next, configure the mount options. Select destination and other options for mount.  Which local folder is the destination at which you want to mount this data?  Fill in that directory path here.  Then choose if you prefer to have a read-only or writable mount type.




If you wish to make it sharable you can do that here also.

Once you click finish you will see a notification to confirm that the action is taking place.

You will also see Running Tasks in the upper right section of the screen which report on the status of each action.

You can click on Running Tasks to dive deeper into the status of each action.  This may be helpful if you are running a number of restorations at the same time.






Step 4 – Open the mounted drive folder to begin a file level restore

Now that the mount process has completed, open up the local folder that contains the mounted data.  This location will be the same as the destination folder you selected in step 3 above.




Step 5 – Access or move your recovered data

Now that you are into the mounted instance, you are free to manipulate your recovered data however you see fit.  Cut, copy, open, overwrite, rename, share.  This piece of data is exactly what the original was at the time of backup.



Congratulations! Now you know how to do a file level restore in Rapid Recovery!


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