How to Restore Using Backup Exec


When an important file goes missing or, worse, a computer refuses to boot, panic may be avoided with an effective backup system. Computer security company Symantec offers Backup Exec as a multi-platform solution for quick and reliable backups, along with complete and partial recovery capabilities. Given the variety of system configurations, backup options and data storage methods available, many variables may affect how you restore files, folders or even all of the data on a computer.

Using the Search Wizard Method

  • Click the "Backup and Restore" tab in Backup Exec. Right-click on the server containing the files to be restored. The Search Wizard can be used for locating files and folders, archived file system and Exchange mail data.

  • Click "Search" and the Search Wizard will open. Follow the instructions to identify and restore the files you require. The Search Wizard is limited to displaying 30,000 items, so if you can't locate the backed up files to restore, make your search term more specific, or select a particular folder.

  • Use the Search Wizard directly from a specific storage device, backup job or backup set as an alternate way of locating the correct backup data. For example, you can select the "Backup Sets" view from the Backup and Restore tab, right-click the backup set from which you want to restore, then click "Restore" to start the Restore Wizard.

Using Simplified Data Recovery

  • Load the Simplified Disaster Recovery disc into the computer's optical drive, then power the computer on. The SDR disc is an image disc of critical system files and folders created at a time when the computer was in a healthy state. The SDR process restores the computer, then restores data from a recovery point.

  • Click "Accept" on the End User Licensing Agreement screen, then click "Recover This Computer" from the Welcome screen. Click "Network" and then click "Configure Network Connection Settings." Choose the network adapter configuration that matches your environment and click "OK."

  • Select the appropriate disaster recovery information file and click "Next." Select the appropriate backup set and click "Next." Select the storage device containing the backup data and click "Next."

  • Click "Next" if the volume layout matches that of the data on the SDR disc. If it doesn't, choose one of the options to configure the volume layout or disc configuration. You can install drivers for hard drives using the "Load Storage controller drivers" option if the computer configuration has changed since the SDR disc was made. When a hard drive volume layout has changed, you can select "Erase hard disks and recreate the volume layout shown above." This method will overwrite all data on these disks.

  • Review the Recovery Summary to confirm your selections and click "Recovery" to start restoring files. Remove the SDR disc and restart the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Backup Exec supports multiple hardware and virtual hardware server configurations, multiple hardware and cloud data storage options and several operating system platforms. While the Search Wizard and Recover This Computer Wizard handle most data recovery needs, there are infrastructure combinations that may require manual recovery of data.
  • Many restore options overwrite files as part of the recovery process. If you are unsure about overwriting the existing data with backup data, you can direct the backup data to restore in an alternate location, so you can confirm you have the correct files before deleting.
  • The information in this article applies to Symantec Backup Exec 2014. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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