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RESTORE+Restoring Backed-up Files

Restores backed-up files.


PC-DOS 2.0+ (revised in PC-DOS 3.3)

MS-DOS equivalent: RESTORE (2.0+)




[d:][path] RESTORE sd: [td:][tpath]tfilename

[P][/B:mm-dd-yy] [/A:mm-dd-yy][N]



[d:][path] Specifies the drive letter and

directory path that contain

the RESTORE command.

sd: Specifies the drive that

contains the files to be

backed up (source).

[td:][tpath]tfilename Specifies where you want

backed up files to be restored

to and which files from the

source you want copied.

/S Restores files in

subdirectories of the

directory you specify as well

as in that directory.

/P Prompts you for whether to

restore files that have been

altered since the last backup

or files that have been marked


/B:mm-dd-yy Restores files modified on or

before the date specified (PC-

DOS 3.3).

/A:mm-dd-yy Restores files modified on or

after the date specified (PC-

DOS 3.3).

/M Restores files that have been

modified or deleted since they

were backed up (PC-DOS 3.3).

/N Restores files that are no

longer on the target disk (PC-

DOS 3.3).

/L:time Restores only those files that

were modified at or later than

the specified time (PC-DOS


/E:time Restores only those files that

were modified at or earlier

than the specified time (PC-

DOS 3.3).

RESTORE is used to copy disk files that were backed up with

the BACKUP command back onto the hard disk.



restores to drive C all files on drive B, including any files

that were backed up from subdirectories of the current directory

on drive C.

RESTORE B: C:\report?.* /P

restores to drive C all files that have a file name of REPORT

plus any character, prompting you for read-only files and files

changed since the last backup.


restores to drive C all files in the GAMES directory.


Backup file sequence error

Parts of the file that is to be restored are on more than one

disk. You inserted a disk that does not have the beginning

portion of the file. Run RESTORE again, starting with the correct


Not able to restore file ***

A file-sharing conflict exists, and the file you want to restore

cannot be opened.

Restore file sequence error

You did not insert the disks in sequence. Reissue the RESTORE

command, this time inserting the disks in order.

Source does not contain backup files

The source does not contain the backup files you specified.

Locate the correct backup files and try again.

Source path required

Specify a source path and try again.

System files restored

The target disk may not be bootable

If the system files from a previous version of DOS were restored

instead of those for the current version of DOS you are using,

the resulting disk may not boot the system. Use the SYS command

to transfer the current system files to the disk; then copy

COMMAND.COM onto the disk.

Target is full

Delete any unnecessary files and try again, or use a disk that is


The last file was not restored

Either there was not enough room on the disk to restore the last

file, or you stopped the RESTORE operation. Delete files on the

disk to make space and reissue the RESTORE command. If you

stopped the RESTORE operation, you may reissue the RESTORE

command, continuing with the file where you left off.

Warning! Diskette is out of sequence

Replace the diskette or continue

Strike any key when ready

If you are sure that no files on the skipped disk would be

restored, you may press any key to continue. Otherwise, replace

the skipped disk.

Warning! File xx

is a read only file

Replace the file (Y/N)?

Enter Y to replace the file or N if you do not want to replace


Warning! File xx

was changed after it was backed up

Replace the file (Y/N)?

Enter Y to replace the file or N if you do not want to replace


Warning! No files were found to restore

No backup files were found matching your specification. Check the

specification and try again.

Warning! Target is full

No more files can be restored to that target device without

deleting some of its files first.


Wildcards are permitted. If you specify a path without a

file name, all files in that directory are restored. If you have

backed up files to more than one disk, RESTORE will prompt you to

insert them. Insert them in the order in which BACKUP created

them. RESTORE does not restore system files to create a bootable

disk. Do not use RESTORE if JOIN, ASSIGN, or SUBST were in effect

during the backup or if APPEND is in effect.


[For related topics, press R]


APPEND Command

ATTRIB Command

ASSIGN Command

BACKUP Command

FDISK Command

JOIN Command

SUBST Command

SYS Command

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