File restore is always a vital feature to have. You can never be prepared for that moment when an important document is accidentally deleted, overwritten or even worse, infected by malware.
A common misconception is that by storing your documents in the cloud, you relieve yourself of any responsibility for backing these documents up. That fact is, this simply isn’t true.
Your cloud provider i.e. Microsoft, AWS, Dropbox etc. are responsible for keeping their service online within their SLAs but if you accidentally delete a document, it is generally up to you to get it back.
I say “generally,” because Microsoft have now brought in some additional features in Office 365 to help you out.
The first of these is the recycle bin. This isn’t a new feature but it’s one that many people aren’t aware of. Just like the recycle bin on your Windows desktop, if you accidentally delete a file, you can go in there and restore it.
If you delete a file in SharePoint, you can restore this from the recycle bin by following these steps:
Microsoft have recently extended this functionality to be able to restore an entire document library to an earlier date. This was announced by Microsoft earlier in 2019 and has now been rolled out to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 tenancies.
This feature would be particularly useful in situations where the entire library had become compromised, such as with a malware infection.
Here is how you restore a Document Library:
So there you have it. A couple of ways to restore files in SharePoint that you may not have previously been aware of. Happy restoring!
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