ShadowExplorer – comfortable working with shadow copies in Windows
Despite the fact that appeared in Windows Vista create shadow copies have not received among users of wide recognition, it can be used to backup any data. Being run, the volume shadow copy service automatically saves a backup of the directories «Library», «desktop», «Contacts» and «favorites» to another physical disk or removable media.
Browse backups from the properties of the directory by clicking on the tab «Previous versions» and double-clicking on the selected copy.
The contents will be opened in Explorer and you will be able to find and restore the desired file. Windows 10 preview and restore data from backup by using easy to use wizards, but there are other, not less convenient way – using special tools for working with shadow copies ShadowExplorer.
This program is a kind of Conductor, only made for viewing and restoring backup data. Located in the upper part of the main panel window you can select the section, the date of creation of shadow copies and how you want the list, large or small icons, details. In the lower left part of the window is a standard directory tree, displaying hidden objects, more right – the contents of the selected directory.
The restore procedure from the shadow copy elementary – click on the selected file or directory and select the only item in the context menu «Export», then specify the location where you want save recovered data.
If the save will run in the source directory, ShadowExplorer will ask whether to overwrite existing data in it.
Actually, it’s all about working with ShadowExplorer. It works with all folders and partitions, the only condition is the need to for this disc in the section «system Protection» function has been enabled the creation of restore points, because the recovery is done from this type of copies, not from the history file, which was mentioned in the beginning. Otherwise, ShadowExplorer did «not see», that is, the utility window will be empty.
To download the utility from the site developer www.shadowexplorer.com. ShadowExplorer is distributed free, contains no advertising, interface language is English.