I seem to be having issues restoring with Duplicati. I get a message that says that my files were restored and a whole bunch or red warnings about invalid password or corrupted data. I’ve done this over and over with different sets of sample data trying to figure out what is going on. Duplicati is reinstating my folder directory structure just not the actual files therein. I have created the exact same backups without encryption and been able to do a proper restore.
I need the encryption part to work, it’s nice that I can create and restore non-encrypted archives but I should be able to do the same thing with AES-256 enabled and everything should work out just fine…
I’ve tried a few different ways to restore encrypted backups and none seem to work. Here’s one method that I’ve used:
Once I click the restore files link like in the pic above I get presented with a plain view of my folders, filenames and a 2 step process to restore the files. Seems all too easy, although I feel like I shouldn’t be able to see anything inside the archive until after I enter my passphrase, which I’m not asked for.
So at this point I continue onto the next screen and leave the defaults of restoring to original location and overwriting existing files. Then click restore. At no point during this restore process am I asked to give my AES passphrase.
Then a couple of minutes later, I’m informed files and folders are successfully restored. They are not. My directory structure and folders are restored but none of the actual files inside them. Here’s a sample of the error I’m getting:
I am at a loss here. I have tried and tried to restore a small sampling of my data just to make sure I understand exactly how all this works. I don’t feel as though I am doing anything wrong, but I must be since it’s not working.
The most surprising thing to note here is the 2 step process without having to enter passphrase.
I did try this method too:
This attempt I am presented with a 4 step process, not the 2 step process like above, I feel like both methods should probably be the same. I test my connection with success for the path to my backup location. So, moving on. Yes, now we’re talking. Duplicati is asking for my passphrase. Things seem like we’re all good. Entering my passphrase exposes the contents of my archive. All seems good and I check off my files to restore and proceed to the next/final step and leave the defaults in place. Basically, restore to the original location and overwrite existing. This attempt still fails, I get the same results as my first attempt.
What am I doing wrong? I really want this to work perfectly, as Duplicati seems to be just the right tool for my needs. Simple, on-schedule, local backups that are encrypted. I seem to be able to generate the backups on a nifty schedule but I can’t for the life of me restore them. That’s a big problem and one that I hope is an easy fix. What am I missing here?
Thank you kindly for your help.