Introducing Google Drive Search: Find and Restore Lost Data in Seconds!

Ever spend hours sifting through hundreds of files because you deleted a document you suddenly realize you need back? Have trouble remembering which folder contained an important spreadsheet that disappeared? We thought so! But don’t worry, we understand, and we’ve got your back. At Spanning, we’re always listening to our customers’ thoughts about their backup and recovery experience and finding ways to improve it. So when you told us you’d love a simple way to search for Google Drive data, we got right to work.

Restoring lost data is easier than ever now that Spanning Backup includes Drive search! Our latest feature allows you to find and restore Google Drive data in just seconds with powerful search and navigation capabilities. Now when you’re using our easy Google Drive file recovery process, you’ll enjoy these advanced search options:

  • Quick search. This allows you to find files and folders by title no matter when the item was backed up. As always, you can restore any historical version of your data you require. Look for the search box labeled “Search Filenames and Folders” in the screenshot below to see where to enter a title. Simply check the “Search all backups” box on the right side of your restore screen if you can’t remember exactly when a file was changed or went missing.

Spanning Backup for Google Workspace: How to Restore Google Drive

  • Date search and navigation. If you know the date from which you need to recover an item, you can easily select this day and then search for the file or folder within your chosen time frame. Find the small calendar icon with a date beside it in the screenshot above to see where to enter your desired date.
  • Navigation. When you know exactly what you’re looking for, you can go directly to that file or folder from any day. The screenshot below shows how easy it is to look through nested files and folders to find what you want to restore.

How to Restore Google Drive Files

No matter which method you use to locate your data, once you select an item, we provide you with data about the file or folder which will help determine if your selection is what you’re looking for. All standard attributes are displayed as well as the file path(s) and sharing settings. The screenshot below illustrates how your file preview will appear.

Complete Google Drive Data Restore

Once you’ve located the right file or folder, you can choose which version you want restored from any backup. Plus, you can clearly see which versions of the file were modified most recently, so you’ll easily find exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, you can restore all copies if necessary, or export any version(s). If you’re restoring an entire folder, your recovery will include the full contents and settings, too. See how this looks in the screenshot below.

Spanning Backup for Google Workspace: How to Restore Google Drive

Still want more information on our new Drive search? Watch our video tutorial below on how to restore Google Drive, and sign up for tomorrow’s webinar to learn more, see a live demonstration, and ask questions!


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