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S: Drive (UW-Oshkosh) - Recovering Lost Files from Shared Network Storage

How to recover files that have been deleted or modified improperly from the S: drive.

How Can I Recover My Own Files?

The file has been altered and I want a previous version:

Find the file, right click on it and choose Restore Previous Versions.
File Context Menu
If there are any items in here, you can choose to restore to one of these versions.
     File Properties Window

The file I want has been deleted:

Navigate one level up from where the file you're missing was located.  If your file was in S:\Academic Computing\VPN, navigate to S:\Academic Computing.  Right click on the folder where the file was located and choose Restore Previous Versions.

Folder Context Menu

Choose one of the previous dates from the list and select either Restore or Copy:
Previous Versions tab
If you choose to restore the folder, you will be prompted with a message warning you that this action is permanent.  Restoring is not recommended as it could affect other files in the folder.
Previous Versions Confirmation
If you choose the Copy option, it will direct you to choose a place to save the files in that folder.  This is the recommended option.
Copy Items Window

If You Cannot Restore the File or Folder:

Contact the Information Technology Help Desk with the following information:
  • The exact file path and name of the file you need restored.
  • The manager of that folder's approval.
  • The date you need the file restored to.
There are limitations to how far back data can be recovered. Typically, 30 days is the maximum amount of time for which we can recover files.

If you need further assistance please call the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020, put in your own request at, or email

Keywords:deleted, delete, accident, accidentally, find, recover, shared, users   Doc ID:54099
Owner:Christian B.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2015-07-20 09:58 CDTUpdated:2023-03-22 10:49 CDT
Sites:UW Oshkosh
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