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Restoring a volume from a Snapshot copy

You can restore a volume to a state recorded in a previously created Snapshot copy to retrieve lost information. When you restore a Snapshot copy, the restore operation overwrites the existing volume configuration. Any changes made to the data in the volume after the Snapshot copy was made are lost.

Before you begin

  • The SnapRestore license must be installed on your system.
  • If the FlexVol volume you want to restore contains a LUN, the LUN must be unmounted or unmapped.
  • There must be enough available space for the restored volume.
  • Users accessing the volume must be notified that you are going to revert a volume, and that the data from the selected Snapshot copy replaces the current data in the volume.
  • If you are restoring an Infinite Volume:
    • You must restore the entire copy.

      You cannot restore single files or parts of files.

    • The Snapshot copy must be valid, and the Infinite Volume must be online.

About this task

If the volume contains junction points to other volumes, the volumes mounted on these junction points will not be restored.


  1. From the home page, double-click the appropriate storage system.
  2. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  3. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) and click Storage > Volumes or Infinite Volumes .
  4. Select the volume that you want to restore from a Snapshot copy.
  5. Click Snapshot Copies > Restore.
  6. Select the appropriate Snapshot copy and click Restore.
  7. Select the confirmation check box and click Restore.