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Getting Started Part Four

Part Four: Quick Recovery

You may have noticed that when you saved the file favicon.ico to your desktop folder, earlier, Sandboxie offered Immediate Recovery for that file. However, no such offer was made when you saved test1.txt to the root folder of drive C.

This is because the desktop folder is (by default) configured as a recoverable folder location, from which you will typically want to recover files. The root folder of drive C is not considered a recoverable location.

The Quick Recovery command scans the recoverable folders and displays a summary of all recoverable files:

You can invoke the Quick Recovery command:

The picture above shows favicon.ico as the only recoverable file, because it was the only file saved to a recoverable location -- the desktop folder in this case.

Other folder locations that are set as recoverable folders by default are your My Documents folder, the Windows Favorites folder. Where applicable, your Downloads folder is also considered a recoverable folder. Since these folders don't contain any files eligible for recovery, they are not listed at all in the picture above.

You can use the Add Folder button to add more folders to Quick Recovery.

When recovering a file (or a folder), you can choose to recover the file to the corresponding location outside the sandbox -- for example, from the sandboxed desktop folder, to the real desktop. The Recover to Same Folder command (shown as a button in the picture above) does that.

Alternatively, you can use the Recover to Any Folder command, which can move the sandboxed file to any folder location in your computer system.

Immediate Recovery

The Immediate Recovery feature, which was mentioned briefly in the previous part of this guide, is an extension of Quick Recovery. Immediate Recovery keeps scanning the same set of recoverable folders, and will enable you to recover files as soon as they are created:

As with Quick Recovery, you can Recover to Same Folder or Recover to Any Folder.


The tutorial continues in Getting Started Part Five.

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