Restoring files from full & incremental backups

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by FredricJLowe, Oct 28, 2006.

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  1. FredricJLowe

    FredricJLowe Registered Member

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    I had to restore my Outlook Express inbox. Something happened to delete all emails in the inbox from 9/1/2005 to 10/25/06. I tried to do a Windows System Restore and made matters worse. System restore eventually froze and I had to disable it. So I started doing the Recovery. I cliked on View Files and Folders and Autoplay appeared indicating files and folders were being transferred, and finally they appeared as files and folders on the desktop. I then went to the inbox and copied the file to its location in Windows Explorer. I did this for the initial full backup I made last May 26. I then checked Outlook Express and the emails were recovered successfully up to May 25, 2006. I then did this for the first incremental backup and copied the folder to its .dbx inbox location and launched Outlook Express. In July, I had done a new full backup and changed the Acronis backup to not backup my external drive from which I backedup my C Drive. Incremental backups have occurred every week on Saturday since then. I recovered the first new full and first incremental backup and launched Outlook Express and it successfully recovering more of the emails. I skipped the remaining incremental backups to the last incremental backup and recovered it. I launched Outlook Express and all of the missing emails were now present up to last Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.

    I have a nimber of questions if you can assist me.

    First, was it ok to skip to the last incremental backup or must I recover each one. I know it was successful for recovering Outlook Express after skipping from the first incremental backup to the last, but for other recoveries in the future, I am not sure.

    Next, is there any way to create a custom recovery to recover a series of the incremental backups so that I would not have to do it manually. If I did it manually for each of the skipped ones from July to Oct 21, 2006, it could take have taken hours and hours.

    I found the Mount Image program very time consuming, considering I only needed to recover that 1 folder: Inbox.dbx

    I started experimenting and found the Recovery tab at the top, cliked on Restore Data Wizard, highlighted the backup to recover a file from, put in my password, restore specified files or folders, to its original location, then found the file I wanted to recover (inbox.dbx) and proceeded. It then recovered the folder. This ran much quicker than the Mount Image approach. Again, I am not sure I was doing the procedure correctly, but it seemed to have worked.
     
  2. TheWeaz

    TheWeaz Registered Member

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    First, I admit I didn’t have time to read and comprehend your entire message – my lack of time, not your explanation is at fault.
    When you select any INC in a set to recover from, TI will include that INC, all INCs that came before it and the FULL.
    HTH.
     
  3. FredricJLowe

    FredricJLowe Registered Member

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    Thank you for your reply. It answered my question. Restoring incremental backups automatically includes all previous incremental backups and full.
     
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