So you’ve had Arq installed for a while and it’s been backing up your key folders like Documents, Music, and Photos.
But your computer’s hard drive died. So you took it to the Apple store, and they replaced the hard drive. Now how do you get your files back? Here’s how:
Restoring with Arq
First, download Arq from http://www.haystacksoftware.com/arq/ and unzip it.
Next, launch Arq. It’ll ask you for S3 account credentials. Use the same S3 account you used before. If you don’t have your S3 credentials handy you can look them up at the Amazon web site.
Next, Arq will ask you for your encryption key. Use the same key; otherwise Arq won’t be able to decrypt your backups.
Once you’ve entered that information, Arq’s main window appears, and you’ll see a spinning progress indicator next to the title “Other Computers”:
Arq will download all the “index” files it needs to figure out the old computer’s backups. Once that’s done you can click on the triangle next to “Other Computers” to see the backups. Select a backup version on the left; then drag and drop the backed-up folder on the right to a Finder window to start the restore process:
Arq displays a progress dialog during the restore process:
And that’s it! If you wish you can drag and drop more backed-up items to restore multiple backed-up items in parallel.