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Carbonite Post-Restore Checklist

In an effort to simplify the Carbonite restore process, we have taken all of the instructions pertaining to a completed restore and placed them in numbered sections below. This guide will help you with confirming that your restore is complete, locating your files, importing any files back into their programs (if necessary) and preparing to back up your new computer.

We have separated these instructions into five steps. Please click on a link below to jump to the associated step:

 
Step 1: Determine If Your Restore Is Complete

Determining Completion in Carbonite version 1.x

Once your restore has completed with Carbonite version 1.x, you will see a pop up from Carbonite indicating the restore is finished. This popup indicates that all of your files have been restored.

If you do not see this pop up, your restore is likely still in progress. You can view the progress of your restore through the Carbonite Preference pane. This will show you the percentage of your selected files that has been restored so far.

Click the Apple symbol in the menu bar and select System Preferences to open the System Preferences window.

Within the System Preferences window, click on the Carbonite icon.

You will see the Carbonite Preferences pane displayed showing the status of your restore in progress.

Note: If you see the backup status when you open the Carbonite Preferences pane, then there is no restore currently taking place.

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Determining Completion in Carbonite version 2.x

Once your restore has completed with Carbonite version 2.x, you will see a pop up from Carbonite indicating the restore is finished and displaying the number of files restored.

If you do not see this pop up, your restore is likely still in progress. You can view the progress of your restore through the Carbonite User Interface. This will show you the percentage of your selected files that has been restored so far.

Click the Carbonite icon in the menu bar and select Open Carbonite to open the Carbonite User Interface.

Within the Carbonite User Interface, click Restore Files under the MAIN section.

The Restore Files tab will let you restore all of your files to your computer and view the progress of any restore.

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Step 2: Locate Your Restored Files
 

If you can't find your files after a restore, you can use your computer's Spotlight search feature to quickly track them down.

This is accomplished by clicking the Magnifying Glass in your menu bar and typing the name of the file or folder you're looking for. Your search results will be populated as you type. Clicking a folder in the results will open it in Finder. If you were looking for a file, it would open with the proper program on your computer, provided the required program is installed on your computer.

If your data was restored to an unexpected or unfamiliar location due to differences between the old computer and the new computer, you can drag and drop it to a more suitable location.

Any files that were not restored and are no longer on your computer (or are on your computer and NOT selected for backup) are kept on the Carbonite servers for up to 30 days before they are removed (if you are on a free trial, they will be removed 15 days after your free trial has expired).

If you need help moving your restored data, we recommend contacting our partner Support.com at 1-866-314-1159 or a local technician for assistance.

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Step 3: Importing Your Restored Files

Carbonite's first priority is the safe retention and return of your personal data files. Our support staff is fully engaged in this focus to provide the best service we possibly can for all of your Carbonite-related needs. For certain programs, it may be necessary to perform additional steps to import restored data before that data will be accessible. These steps are outside of our expertise, but we’ve partnered with an organization called Support.com that specializes in this type of assistance. If you need help importing your restored data, you can contact Support.com at 1-866-314-1159. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you prefer to complete these steps yourself, you can access self-service instructions for importing data into each of the programs listed below by clicking the appropriate link in the Carbonite Instructions column:

Program Carbonite InstructionsSupport.com Phone
Apple Address Book Importing into Address Book1-866-314-1159
Apple Mail Importing into Apple Mail1-866-314-1159
Entourage Importing into Entourage1-866-314-1159
iCal Importing into iCal With iCloud
Importing into iCal Without iCloud
1-866-314-1159
iPhoto Importing into iPhoto 1-866-314-1159
iTunes Importing into iTunes (Windows)
Importing into iTunes (Mac)
1-866-314-1159
Mozilla Firefox Importing into Firefox (Safe)
Importing into Firefox (Safe Pro)
1-866-314-1159
Safari Importing into Safari (Safe)1-866-314-1159

For any additional questions or concerns about a specific program, please check with the vendor of that program.

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Step 4: Exiting Recover Mode
  • The information about exiting Recover Mode only pertains to version 1.x of Carbonite. If you are unsure about your version, please use these instructions.

You may exit Recover Mode through the Carbonite Preference pane. Leaving Recover Mode will scan your system for any new or changed files and then start your backup

Within the Carbonite Preference pane, click on the Backup Is: drop-down box and select Enabled.

You will receive a pop-up message about leaving Recover Mode. Click Proceed to exit and resume your backup.

Any files that were not restored before resuming your backup and are no longer on your computer (or are on your computer and NOT selected for backup) are kept on the Carbonite servers for up to 30 days before they are removed (if you are on a free trial, they will be removed 15 days after your free trial has expired).

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Step 5: Adjust Power Settings (Optional)

If you had adjusted your power settings to allow the computer to remain on for a quicker restore, you can use the instructions within this section to set them back. The power settings are managed differently depending on which operating system you are using. Please choose your operating system from the list below:

Click the Apple symbol in the menu bar and select System Preferences to open the System Preferences window.

In the System Preferences window, click on the Energy Saver icon.

Click the Restore Defaults button to place the settings back to default.

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It is likely that your security software was configured to allow Carbonite the necessary permissions/access when Carbonite was installed. We recommend that you keep these settings in order to keep Carbonite running at peak efficiency. If you are experiencing difficulty or have questions with any of these steps, please feel free to use the Contact Us forms available, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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