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Retrieving/Restoring Your Files.. Create, Archive then Browse and Retrieve from Anywhere!
When it comes time to retrieve your files from the sync destination, you have many choices. AASync's design is completely orthogonal, which means you get the same interface if the destination is local or remote, SFTP or FTP, archived /encrypted or not. AASync makes this trivial: simply select the sync definition, right click, then from the context menu select
  • Retrieve All
  • AASync will restore all files from the destination into the designated retrieve folder.
  • Retrive Selected Files
  • AASync will let you browse the destination folder, you can pick the files or folders you want to retrieve. If you pick folders, their entire content will be restored recursively. The selected files will be retrieved from the destination into the designated retrieve folder.

AASync will retrieve/decode/decrypt your files restoring them to their original state (using the encrypt password if necessary). Retrieve is a COPY from the destination back to the retrieval directory (that you can specify) on the local host. It will have NO effect on the source or destination folder of the sync at all! AASync will create a new folder to retrieve into on every retrieve operation. This folder will be under the designated Retrieve Folder the you can set.

Designated Retrieve Folder:

If you have a retrieve directory set (on the Edit Sync Definition/Sync Modes tab) then the files will go there, otherwise into the default retrieve folder wich is HOME/Library/Application Support/AASync3/SYNC_ID/Retrieve).

Mac - Windows Compatibility:

As of version 3.6, AASync for Mac and AASync for Windows are compatible in features/interface and in the archived /encrypted backups they create. That means that you can retrieve an archive made by the AASync/Mac (let's say to an FTP server) using AASync/Windows. There are some caveats like you have to keep in mind that a different set of characters are disallowed in filenames on the two platforms, so if your filenames use any of these characters, you may have some problems with the cross-platform retrieval. Aside from that, the archives are platform independent.

Retrieving to your home machine

If you want to retrieve some or all of your files to the same computer you created/upload the files from, it could not be easier. In AASync's main window, right click on the sync in question, then select "Retrieve All/Selected Files" from the menu. Browse and download the files you want, or click Retrieve All Files to retrieve everything in the archive.

Retrieving your achives when you are away from home:

It is nice to be able to get to your sensitive files securely from anywhere on earth. As of version 3.6.3, AASync for Mac and AASync for Windows can export a Retrieve Definition. It is simply a serialized version of your sync definition. Once you create this Retrieve Definition for one of your syncs on your home computer, you can safely take it on the road, allowing you to access your archive from anywhere on earth. You can browse your archives, download just the files you want, just as if you were sitting in front of your home computer. Here is the process:

  • Export the Retrieve Definition:
  • Select the sync whose archive (destination) you will want to access from other locations, and select the "Export Retrieve Definition" menu. This menu is enabled only if the destination is remote (FTP or SFTP sync). AASync will create the retrieve definition, it is a file with the extension .aardef .The Finder will open to show you this file. This file is all you need to access you remote backup.
  • Import the Retrieve Definition and Retrieve files:
  • Once you are in another location and need to access your archives on your FTP server, here is the procedure. You must have AASync installed on some computer that you want to retrieve your files to. Start AASync, and either drop the .aardef file on the AASync icon on the dock, or select the Tools/"Import Retrieve Definition" menu. It will open a file browser panel where you can specifiy the .aardef file's location. Once the import starts, AASync will ask you the password to access the remote archive (it is your login password for your FTP/SFTP account) that was used to create the archive in the first place. If the password matches, AASync will import the retrieve definition and you will see a row in AASync's table of sync definitions. This row will have a icon to show you that this is a Retrieve Definition, not a Sync Definition. IMPORTANT: In order to import a retrieve definition you must know your login password to the remote location where your archive is!! This is to deny unauthorized access in case you lose that retrieve definiton file by any chance.

    Once the import is done you can retrieve your files. Either right click and select from the context menu or click the "Retrieve Now" button, and retrieve your files the exact same way as if you were at home.
  • Tips, Prerequisits for export/import:
  • Your remote archive must be accessible by the destination address saved in the exported sync definition from any location. So, if you use local aliases on your home box to access the network destinations, the export import mechanism will not work.
    Retrieve Definitions cannot be changed or edited in any way, they can be used only to retrieve existing archives. The Retrieval process never changes the archive itself!


ORGANIZE YOUR WORK!! Spend a little time figuring out what it is you need to have backed up. Keeping your backups small will pay dividends many different ways. The backup will go much faster, requiring less disk space on the server. Should you ever need it, retrieve will be much faster!! Think what it is you need to encrypt because it is sensitive data, and do not encrypt data that is not sensitive. Use several smaller backup jobs instead of one big one. You can always schedule/chain them to execute one after another at the scheduled time.

Conversion Notes:

Selective Retrieve is a new feature in AASync 3.6. If you browse a archived /encrypted destination for files, AASync will show you the original file names, making it easy to pick what you want. Remember, these files are actually renamed during the archived backup sync. In order to make this happen, after installing AASync 3.6 you must run the sync in question successfully before you can use the selected retrieve feature. If you have not done so, You can still browse and restore selectively, but you will not see the original filenames during the browse. Once you run the sync and try selective retrieval, all files known to AASync will be displayed in green with their original names, the ones for whom AASync cannot figure out the original name will be displayed in red with their actual remote file names.We recommend that you make a complete rebuild of your backup with AASync 3.6 starting with an empty destination folder. After this you will never see files in blue, AASync will always know their original names, regardless of what changes are made in the source folder.

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