Chronosync Restore Files


In a previous article, I introduced you to the excellent and very sophisticated Chronosync backup App. You can use the backup presets to create a backup with Chronosync, but it’s real power comes in the various settings for setting up a backup workflow. Before going into too much detail in setting up backups, I wanted to show you how to Restore a file or folder using Chronosync. It really is pretty easy.

Chronosync Restore

For demonstration purposes I will use a file on my Desktop called Take Control of Your Paperless Office by Joe Kissell:

Take Control

This is a very good book if you are considering a paperless workflow. To begin, I will drag this PDF file to the Trash. Next, I will open Chronosync using the Menu Bar icon:


Double-click on the appropriate backup file to open it, in this case “Home Folder Backup”:

Chronosync Archive

The list of your backed up files is in the “Archive” section so click on that:

Archive Open

Here, the file was on the Desktop. The idea is to navigate to where the file is missing from and open that area. When you first open a specific Archive area you will see all kinds of files and folders. Don’t be daunted by this melee of stuff. Mostly they are in Alphabetical Order. Scroll down through the list until you see the file you are looking for and click on it once to select it:

Find File

Now, you can do one of two things. You can either click on the “Actions” menu and choose “Restore” or right-click on the selection and get the same menu:


Once you choose “Restore” Chronosync provides this drop down menu:

Restore Menu

Read these choices carefully. The file in question is missing from the original source drive on my iMac so I chose “Restore to Source Target.” Chronosync Restores the file to its original location when it was backed up. You can also choose to Restore the file to a location of your choosing by selecting “Specific Folder.”

Once you click on “Restore,” you are notified when the file is replaced:

Replace Complete

The file is now back on my Desktop:


It is a little confusing when you first open the main location for restoring a file. There are usually lots of backed up items in there, but if you carefully scroll through the list you can find the correct file or version of the file to restore.


The Restore feature in Chronosync is not terribly complicated once you do it couple of times. The real issue here is in how your backup is set up in the “Options” area of the App. There are all kinds of ways to design your backups, I will consider that in my next Chronosync installment.