Including or excluding files for restore

Use the Include/Exclude feature to include files in or exclude files from a restore job. This feature is useful when you want to restore only a specific file, a specific type of file, or files that were created or modified on a certain date.

With this feature you can do the following:

To include or exclude files for restore

  1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Restore.

  2. Click New Restore Job.

  3. On the Properties pane, under Source, click Selections.

  4. Click Include/Exclude.

    Select the appropriate options as follows:


    Select the media that contains the files you want to restore.

    Backup set

    Select the backup set for which you want to specify attributes.


    Enter any available directory or subdirectory. Enter the full path to the subdirectory.


    Specify a filename to be included or excluded. The default for this field is *.*, which means every file name with every extension is selected. Wildcard characters are permitted. The asterisk (*) in a file name or extension is a wildcard character that represents all characters occupying any remaining position in the file name or extension. For example, to specify all files with the .exe extension, type *.exe

    The question mark symbol (?) wildcard for a single character is also supported, as well as a double asterisk (**) to represent any number of characters, irrespective of any backslashes.

    Include subdirectories

    When this option is selected, all subdirectories and their contents in the path you have entered are included in (or excluded from) the job. If you want to process only the directory listed in the Path field, leave this option cleared.


    Select this option to include the files in the operation. This is the default option.


    Select this option to exclude files from the job.

    Files dated

    Select this check box to include or exclude files that were created or modified during the specified time period.

  5. Submit the job using the same procedures required for other restore jobs.

More Information

Restoring data by using the Restore Wizard

Redirecting a restore job