More information on the coming OneDrive Files Restore feature

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We recently posted that Microsoft will soon be pushing a feature to OneDrive allowing users to restore their files en masse to an earlier date.

This would be useful to recover from systematic corruption of your files which are then backed up to your OneDrive, such as can be found during a ransomware attack.

It turns out Microsoft actually announced this feature in September at Ignite 2017, where Microsoft called the feature Files Restore, saying:

Files Restore– will enable self-service recovery from disastrous events such as mass deletes, corruption, and other data loss scenarios.

The feature shows a timeline, and also lets you detect when most activity occurred, suggestive of a mass corrupting event.

The feature will at launch allow roll back as much as 90 days and was meant to arrive before the end of the year, according to Stephen, who leads product marketing for OneDrive for Business on the SharePoint/OneDrive team.

At this point, it is not clear if the feature will be coming to all OneDrive users or OneDrive for Business only,  but it is expected to arrive “in the next couple of weeks“, according to  Ryan Schouten, a Sharepoint MVP.

Update: The feature will reportedly start rolling out to OneDrive for Business Users late in January and complete its roll-out by mid-February 2018 and will be able to roll back up to 30 days.

Via Office Ninjas

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