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How can I Use Server Rewind to Restore Files and Databases?

This article guides on how to use server rewind feature in cPanel to restore files and databases on your website. Server Rewind allows you to restore a file, set of files, or a database with just a few clicks. For example, if you by mistake delete a file on your site, and if you have backups enabled on your website then you can use Server Rewind to restore the previous version of your file.

Note: Due to some reasons associated with server performance and stability, Server Rewind is unavailable from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM in the local zone of the server.

• For accounts hosted at Amsterdam data center: As per the Central European Time or Central European Summer Time, the Server Rewind is unavailable between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM.

• For accounts hosted at the Arizona data center: As per the Mountain Standard Time, the Server Rewind is unavailable between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM.

• For accounts hosted at the Iceland data center: As per the GMT, the Server Rewind is unavailable daily between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM.

• For accounts hosted at the Michigan data center: As per the Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Time, the Server Rewind is unavailable between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM daily.

• For accounts hosted at the Singapore data center: As per the Singapore Time, the Server Rewind is unavailable between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM daily.

1) On Managed VPS accounts, Server Rewind can only restore files and doesn’t restore databases.
Refer to this article for more information.

2) Also, on managed VPS accounts with root access (Core VPS), the Server Rewind is not available.

# Backups and Server Rewind

All hosting plans from MilesWeb have redundant hard drives for real-time RAID 1 mirrored backups and we also provide off-server backups. These server backups can store your data at the most for 30 days. So in order to restore one of these backups, use the Server Rewind feature in cPanel.

For information on retrieving backups, please reach out to our support team.

# Steps to Restore Files with Server Rewind

1. Log in to cPanel.

2. On the cPanel home screen, go to the FILES section, and click on Server Rewind.

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3. Now select the date that contains the version of file/files that you want to restore. In order to expand a date, click on the + icon.

4. Go to the file that you want to restore and expand the directory by clicking on the + icon. You are allowed to select an entire directory or specific file/ files to restore.

5. Go to Options, under it select the Overwrite existing files checkbox to overwrite existing files with the restored files.

6. You also have the option to restore the file at a different location. For that type the location of your choice in the Restore into this location in my home directory text box.

Note: If you are restoring a compromised account, then make sure that you restore the files to an empty directory. Server Rewind cannot delete malicious files that were uploaded after the restore date you have selected.

7. Click on Restore.

Note: Restoring process may take some time depending on directory size, the number, and size of the files and so on.

# Steps to Restore databases using Server Rewind

1. Log in to cPanel.

2. On the cPanel home screen, go to the FILES section, and click on Server Rewind.

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3. Click on Restore Databases tab.

4. Select the date containing the database version that you want to restore. In order to expand a date, click on the + icon.

5. Now select the database that you wish to restore.

6. Go to the Options, under it select the Overwrite existing database checkbox to overwrite the existing database.

7. Type the location for the restored database in the Write SQL into this location in my home directory text box.

8. Click on Restore.

That’s it.

Also Read :

1)Steps to Restore MS SQL Server Database Backup File

2) How to Backup an SQL Server Database?

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