Extracting files from local backups

You can browse the contents of backups and extract files that you need.


  • This functionality is available only in Windows by using File Explorer.
  • A protection agent must be installed on the machine from which you browse a backup.
  • The backed-up file system must be one of the following: FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, ReFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, or HFS+.
  • The backup must be stored in a local folder or on a network share (SMB/CIFS).

To extract files from a backup

  1. Browse to the backup location by using File Explorer.
  2. Double-click the backup file. The file names are based on the following template:

    <machine name> - <protection plan GUID>

  3. If the backup is encrypted, enter the encryption password. Otherwise, skip this step.

    File Explorer displays the recovery points.

  4. Double-click the recovery point.

    File Explorer displays the backed-up data.

  5. Browse to the required folder.
  6. Copy the required files to any folder on the file system.