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Sysadmin pilot fish returns after being away from the office for a while to find a request: Restore everything that was deleted in a folder on the network.

"I looked through the shadow copy cache before moving to the backups, and only noticed a single spreadsheet, which had already been restored by others in IT," says fish.

"I then delved into the backups of the past few weeks, looking for any other files -- and came up empty-handed again and again. Only a single Excel spreadsheet was in this directory for over a month.

"Before starting toward the vault to access older tapes, I asked my boss for clarity on what 'everything' was.

"My boss then called up the requesting party and asked, so what is included in 'everything' in your directory that needs to be restored?

"The requester responded, 'Just the spreadsheet that you restored yesterday...'"

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