Recover Volumes

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

You can use the Recovery Wizard in Windows Server Backup to restore a volume. When you restore a full volume, all contents of the volume are restored to the computer. You cannot selectively restore individual files or folders. If you want to recover certain files or folders, not a full volume, see Recover Files or Folders.


To recover volumes from a backup by using Windows Server Backup, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using the Run as command to perform this procedure.

To restore a volume

  1. From the Start menu, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Server Backup.

  2. In the Actions pane of the snap-in default page, under Windows Server Backup, click Recover. This opens the Recovery Wizard.

  3. On the Getting started page, select This server, and then click Next.


This procedure assumes that the backup drive is connected directly to the computer that is running the Windows SBS 2008 server software.

  1. On the Select backup date page, select a date from the calendar and a time from the list for the backup that you want to restore, and then click Next.

  2. On the Select recovery type page, click Volumes, and then click Next.

  3. On the Select volumes page, select the check boxes that are associated with the volumes in the Source Volume column that you want to recover. Then, from the associated list in the Destination Volume column, select the location that you want to recover the volume to, and then click Next.


You will receive a message that any data on the destination volume will be lost when you perform the recovery. Make sure that the destination volume is empty or that it does not contain information that you will need later.

  1. On the Confirmation page, review the details, and then click Recover to restore the specified volumes.

  2. On the Recovery progress page, you can view the status of the recovery operation and whether it was successfully completed.