This is a minor story of a home user restore that saved nothing more than time. The deleted file could have been recreated.
I almost didn’t post, but even though my restic save is minor compared to many of the issues raised here, I still think it would be nice for the devs to hear from a happy user who was able to restore due after his own stupidity.
I’ve been using cloudberry for years to backup some critical files on my home Linux server to BackBlaze. That Linux server contains most critical data that matters. The Windows computer that’s shared with my wife has never been backed up other than scp-ing a few files to the Linux server.
I first heard of restic last fall and have set up a nightly backup to BackBlaze of mine and my wife’s My Documents/Desktops as well as a photo directory.
My son, who lives with us, attends community college, and delivers pizza shares a first name with me. I had completed but not filed my taxes. I was waiting to figure out if I had the money to max out IRA contributions as well as track down one final obscure bit of info I needed.
My son has used the tax software on that shared machine to file taxes the last few years. He asked to do so. I fired up the software, read in his last year return and clicked next. It asked to save. Sure. It asked if it was safe to overwrite. That’s odd. It must have auto saved as it read in the old file. Sure.
My son took over and completed his much simpler return.
After he left, the software was still up. I’d decided by then the IRA contribution was a go, so I may as well update that. I closed his return and went to open mine when I realized what had happened. The tax software defaults to a naming convention of FIRSTNAME LASTNAME YEAR.
I’d wiped out my return when it asked if I wanted to overwrite. Not the end of the world. It just meant I’d have to re-enter everything. Then I remembered I was doing nightly backups.
Less than five minutes later I had my return back. Most of that time was spent looking up the restore process and figuring out the restic native path for my Windows system.
Like I said. It’s a minor victory, but I’m still very grateful.
Thank you all for the effort you’ve put into creating such a great product!