File Management Guidelines / Restores
File management guidelines
Each user creates their own scheme for storing files in their file space. A good file management storage scheme makes it easier to find files. The following guidelines are recommended by ISS:
- Save your files often when creating or updating them.
- Take advantage of automatic save options of software.
- Use folders (or subdirectories) for storing files.
- Establish a scheme for naming your files and/or folders which makes it easier for you to recall the names used.
- Use nested folders, especially when storing e-mail messages for access through MyWashburn.
- Think twice before deleting files.
If you are having trouble finding a file, try the following:
- List files in order of date modified:
- Unix: ls -lt | more
- Windows: with files listed, press right mouse button and select "Arrange by" and then select "modified."
- Search for files using commands or utilities:
- Unix: find command (see Unix manual)
- Windows: Use the Find or Search tool
For assistance with any of the above techniques, contact the TSC, ext. 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restoring from backup
Faculty and staff, after determining that a file or e-mail is indeed missing, may request that it be restored from backup.
NOTE: Students with missing files or e-mail must ask a faculty member to submit the request.
Restoring files from backup
- Files must have been stored on the system overnight in order to have been backed up
- Need to know the filename and path to the file
- Need to know the date the file would have been backed up
- Complete File Restore Request Form
Restoring e-mail from backup
- E-mail messages must have remained in their mail account overnight in order to have been backed up
- We can't restore a single e-mail message. We can only restore all the messages in a folder. (e.g. Inbox is a folder)
- Need to know the date the message would have been backed up
- You must create a folder called Restored-Mail in your e-mail account. This is where the restored e-mail will be placed.
- Complete E-mail Restore Request Form
- After the restore, do the following:
- Find the restored e-mail message in the Restored-Mail Folder
- Save the message into a different folder
- Delete the Restored-Mail folder