The clock is ticking. Your users have lost their data. There is only one thing on their minds: getting it back ASAP. They’re hovering around your desk, asking if it’s recovered yet. And it’s only been a few minutes.

Don’t they understand you’ve got to sort through terabytes worth of files and dozens of backups? And some of them are off-site now, so you might need to go get them!

If only there was some way to do something like a Google Search: pinpointing exactly where that vital file is, then restoring it with a few clicks. Even if the drive wasn’t connected or on-site?

Well, there is with BackupAssist v9—and it’s called Restore Search.

Restore Search – Never Scour Site Backups Again

We could say “All you need is the file name”. But you don’t even need to know that. Wildcard searches are possible, so you can search by just:

  • The file type
  • The parts of the name you remember
  • The file size
  • The date range it was backed up
  • When the file was created or last modified

… Or any combination of the above. The end result is that even when your user’s recollection is hazy, you can still get your job done, and get it done quickly—solidifying your place as the guy or girl in the organization who knows tech magic. Who needs a word for a word search, right?

Now imagine that you don’t have Restore Search. Your user loses a file. You’re stuck looking through every file in every backup you’ve ever made for it, and they don’t remember the name of what you’re looking for—so even if you see it, you won’t know it’s the file they want. Sounds like hell, right?

Search All Your Backups – Even Those Not Connected

If you’re the diligent sort, you keep copies of your backups on two different media, and store at least one copy off-site. But when you just want to find a few files, this is a total pain—connecting drives, loading tapes, and travelling or walking to pick them up.

That’s why we let you search the catalogs made when you back up. That way, you don’t even need the backup media around to search them for files. And you can search multiple backups or different backup jobs, making sure you look anywhere and everywhere for the file you want.

And if you’ve got a virtual or hybrid setup, you can search within guest VMs as well.

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Lose Minimal Work Progress

Now, if the first question of a user is “How quickly can you get my data back”, the second question is most definitely “How much of my work did I lose?”

In this scenario, Restore Search also makes your life way easier. It doesn’t just show you the file when you find it. It shows you all the backed up instances of that file it found, listed in chronological order.

In short? Finding the most recent version of a lost file is always super easy. And without Restore Search, you’re stuck just restoring whichever version of the file you manage to manually find.

Why Not Give It A Try?

The easiest way to see how powerful the Restore Search tool is, is with a hands on demonstration. If you don’t have BackupAssist already, you can download the free 30-day fully featured trial and give it a whirl. It’s as easy as backing something up, then going to restore it!

This isn’t the only feature added as part of BackupAssist’s ninth iteration, either. If you’ve currently got BackupAssist and Upgrade Protection, you get immediate access to all of v9’s latest features.

Unsure of your Upgrade Protection status? You can check your license, and if it’s expired, you can renew it here.

Posted by Adam Ipsen

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