Restore a file or directory using Windows Explorer

If the Microsoft Shadow Copy Client is installed on your computer, you can use it to restore files and directories that are stored in snapshots.

About this task

This method of restoring files and directories does not preserve the original permissions. Instead, this method assigns the file or directory the same permissions as the directory you are copying that file or directory into. To preserve permissions while restoring data from a snapshot, run the cp command with the -a option on a UNIX command line.
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You can access up to 64 snapshots of a directory through Windows explorer, starting with the most recent snapshot. To access more than 64 snapshots for a directory, access the cluster through a UNIX command line.


  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the directory that you want to restore or the directory that contains the file that you want to restore.
    If the directory has been deleted, you must recreate the directory.
  2. Right-click the folder, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Properties window, click the Previous Versions tab.
  4. Select the version of the folder that you want to restore or the version of the folder that contains the version of the file that you want to restore.
  5. Restore the version of the file or directory.
    • To restore all files in the selected directory, click Restore.
    • To copy the selected directory to another location, click Copy, and then specify a location to copy the directory to.
    • To restore a specific file, click Open, and then copy the file into the original directory, replacing the existing copy with the snapshot version.