Restoring lost, deleted or corrupted files

Windows and Linux file restores from backups.

The file server makes daily backups of everyone's home directories, including all your files and folders. If you accidently deleted or corrupted a file, you can restore older versions of the file. This can be done on both Windows and Linux.


  • Right click the folder that contains (or contained) the file you want to restore. Click on Restore previous versions

  • You will be presented a list with all the backups present for the folder. Open and browse it like any other folder. Copy it over to a new location (restoring it), which will overwrite the current folder and all its contents with the older version.



  • Open a terminal window and type the command ews-restore and hit enter. This must be done on an EWS linux lab machine, or over SSH with X-forwarding.


  • Click Open Restore Directory.


  • You will be presented with ten days worth of backups of your entire home directory. Browse them as you would any other file.
  • The backups in this directory are read-only. You will need to copy the files you want to restore somewhere you can work with them - your desktop for example.


  • Backups occur overnight, and capture the last 10 days you accessed your EWS account.

Keywords:restoring files deleted file restore corrupted file lost file   Doc ID:81207
Owner:Jason S.Group:University of Illinois Engineering IT
Created:2018-03-28 16:35 CDTUpdated:2018-03-28 16:44 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Engineering IT
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