Restore from FAT, NTFS or ReFS

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    To restore individual files and folders from FAT, NTFS and ReFS file systems, you can use the File-Level Restore wizard.

    When you perform file-level restore, Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following operations:

    1. Veeam Backup & Replication creates a mount point under the C:\VeeamFLR\<vmname> folder and mounts VM disks from the backup or replica to it. For more information on which machines Veeam Backup & Replication creates mount points, see File-Level Restore Scenarios and Mount Points.

    To access VM disk content, Veeam Backup & Replication uses a separate program — Virtual Disk Driver (VDK) that is provided with the product. VM disks are not physically extracted from the backup file or VM replica. Veeam Backup & Replication emulates their presence on the backup server or Veeam Backup & Replication console. The backup file or VM replica itself remains in the read-only state.

    1. Veeam Backup & Replication launches the Veeam Backup browser where mounted VM disks are displayed. You can browse the VM guest file system in the Veeam Backup browser and restore files or folders to the original or new location.
    2. When you restore files or folders, the machine where the mount point is created connects to the VM over network or VIX API/vSphere Web Services, if a connection over the network cannot be established.
    3. If you need to browse files in Microsoft Windows explorer, Veeam Backup & Replication creates an additional mount point on Veeam Backup & Replication console.

    Veeam Backup & Replication creates this mount point only if you instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to mount VM disks there. For more information, see Open Files in Microsoft Windows Explorer.

    1. When the restore process is finished or the Veeam Backup browser is closed by timeout, Veeam Backup & Replication removes all the created mount points.

    Restore from FAT, NTFS or ReFS 

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