Restore Files

Files are backed up nightly and are available for retrieval for up to six weeks.

If you have deleted a file and would like to restore it to the most recent backed-up version, or if you would like to return to an earlier version of a file, you can access all previous versions backed up in the past six weeks:

Restoring Files from Windows

You can restore your files yourself using the Previous Versions functionality in Windows.

  1. Map a drive to Cabinet. 
  2. Click on the Start menu at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Navigate to the Computer icon.
    Windows Start Menu
  4. Right-click on the Cabinet mapped drive and select the Restore Previous Versions link to open the Previous Versions window.
    restoring files
  5. Select the date of the previous version of your folder that you wish to restore from and click the Open button.
    previous versions
  6. An Explorer window will open with the date and time you are restoring from.
  7. Browse through your folders and files to locate the files or folders you wish to restore.
    previous versions
  8. Select the files or folders you wish to restore.
  9. Right-Click and choose the Copy link.
    previous versions
  10. Switch back to the Explorer window showing your mapped drive to Cabinet.
  11. Browse to the folder where you want to locate your restored files.
  12. Right-Click and choose the Paste link.
    previous versions
  13. Your data has now been restored.

Using '' from Off-Campus

Macintosh and Linux users can restore their own files by connecting to '' using Remote Desktop Connection software.

Using '' from a Macintosh
  1. Download and install the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac found in Step 2 of Configuring Remote Desktop to a Windows Computer from a Mac
    rdp icon
  1. Once downloaded an installed, please open the Microsoft Remote Desktop (see icon in Step 1 above) in your Application folder.
    1. Click Preferences:
      preferences icon
    2. Click the + in the bottom left corner:
      plus button
    3. Type in the following information:
      • Gateway name:
      • Server:
      • Username: USASK\Your NSID (i.e. USASK\abc123)
      • Password: Your NSID password
        enter details
    4. Click the red x in top left corner:
      red circle button
    5. Click New:
      new button
    6. Type in the following:
      • Connection name: Type in the name of the computer you are wanting to remote into -
      • PC Name:
      • Gateway: select from the drop down list.
      • User Name: usask\abc123
        NOTE: Replace abc123 with your NSID.
      • Password: Enter your PAWS password.
    7. Click the red X in top left corner:
      red circle button
    8. Under My Desktops, select the computer you want to remote into using, then click Start:
      my desktops
    9. When asked to Verify Certificate(s) click the Show Certificate button:
      show certificates
    10. Put a check in the box for Always trust the RDP host (i.e.
      trust rdp host
    11. Click Continue
    12. When asked, type in your User Account password for your Mac:
      enter your computer's admin account and password


                 A window will open displaying a Microsoft Windows desktop. Follow the on-screen instructions for restoring files using Previous Versions.

Using '' from a Linux computer
  1. Download and install a Remote Desktop client for your Linux computer such as rdesktop. Rdesktop is available as an RPM for Red Had, CentOS, and Fedora and as packages for Ubuntu.
  2. Use rdesktop to connect to ''.
  3. Login using your NSID and password.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions for restoring files using Previous Versions.
Using '' from a Windows computer
  1. Download and save the Remote Desktop Connection for
  2. Opening the file to start the Remote Desktop Connection Client. 
  3. Login using your NSID and password.
  4. Follow the instructions for restoring files using Previous Versions.

File Recovery after Leaving the University

When you leave the university your Cabinet files are archived. Eighteen months after you are no longer affiliated with the U of S, your archived files will no longer be retrievable.

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