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Recover Files from Research Share

If you accidentally deleted a file or folder in the last 30 days, you can recover it from a zfs snapshot. The .zfs folder does not exist at every level of the file structure, but rather is a hidden file in the top level directory of your share or website directory. The folder structure is contained inside the snapshot subfolder within the hidden .zfs folder.

Access the zfs Snapshot from a PSU Windows Computer

  1. Open a window or file browser.
  2. Paste the following path: "\\share.research.pdx.edu\research\{share_name}\.zfs/snapshot".
  3. Replace {share_name} with the name of your research share.
  4. Select a time stamped folder from before the file was deleted.
  5. Copy the file back to your share where it belongs.

Access the zfs Snapshot from the Terminal

  1. cd to the top level directory of your share or website.
  2. Enter the command "cd .zfs/snapshot".
  3. cd into a timestamped directory from before the file was deleted.
  4. Locate the deleted file or folder.
  5. Enter the command cp -r ./{folder_name} /path/to/where/the/file/belongs.
  6. ls -la the directory that your file belongs in and verify it was copied correctly.

Further Resources

For help performing your file recovery, contact Academic & Research Computing.

You can also contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.