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A laptop connected to the domain with some critical files died the other week, and I'm having trouble restoring the files. The laptop is sent away for repairs, but in the meantime I need the files from the backup. I have automatic backups configured in Windows Server Essentials 2012, and several client backups from the laptop.

Is there a way to restore the files from the client backup onto the server? I know older versions of WSB used regular zip or CAB archives that I could manually browse, but it seems WSE2012 save sector data instead. Is there way to still mount/browse the .dat files?

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Restore to different laptop, get files, nut-punch developer who's storing critical files on laptop? – HopelessN00b Dec 10 '12 at 20:48
that sounds do-able. Except - I don't have a laptop with similar enough hardware to do a full restore. If I join a new laptop to the domain how do I restore files from a backup from a different laptop? – tfx_wse2012 Dec 10 '12 at 22:48

Use the "Restore Files and Folders Wizard" as mentioned in the vendor's documentation here. You may also find this document useful;

"Restore a full system from an existing client computer backup"

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