Restoring Course Data In Moodle ISU

Moodle ISU

The Moodle ISU restore utility allows you to import content into a course using the compressed backup file (.mbz) you previously created. If you receive an error notification during this process, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

For information on backing up course data, see Backing up Moodle ISU Course Data

This guide will help you to:

Select Backup File to be Restored

  1. Login to Moodle ISU. For more information, see Accessing Moodle ISU for Faculty
  2. Select the course where you would like to place the restored content.
  3. In the Settings Gear Menu, Select Restore.


  1. Click Choose a file. This will open the File picker window which you can use to upload your file, or drag and drop the file into the drag and drop box.

Note: Some Moodle backup files are stored in your private backup area. If you see the file you wish to restore, you can simply click the Restore option to start the process. To find out when the backup was created, check the timestamp. If you do not see the desired file, you can upload it from your computer.

Note: It is highly recommended that you download and save a copy of your course backup files either on your computer or on an external storage device. In accordance with the ITRC Archive Policy, courses and files are occasionally removed from the Moodle server in order to add new courses and maintain efficiency. Storing your files locally will ensure that you will have the backup files when you need them.

  1. Click Browse. This will open up a window for you to find the file on your computer.

  1. Locate the file on your computer.
  2. Select the backup file.
  3. Click Open.

  1. Click Upload this file.

  1. Once you have selected the appropriate file, Click Restore below the file name.

Note: If you get the error message, “This file is bigger than the maximum size”, or experience other problems while restoring, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Perform Restore

There are seven steps that occur in the process of restoring course content. Moodle ISU will track and display which step you are on at the top of the screen.

Step 1: Confirm File To Be Restored

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  2. Click Continue in the bottom right side of the screen.

Step 2: Destination

There are two options available in the Destination step. These allow you to restore your backup file in the course you are currently in, or if you are restoring from your My Files Repository, you can select any of your current courses.

Note: Be sure to double check where you are restoring course content. If the wrong content is restored, each item will need to be removed one at a time.

Restore into this course

  1. Select Merge the backup course into this course.
  1. This option will add the content in the backup file to the current course without altering content already in the course.
  1. Click Continue.

Restore into an existing course

  1. Select Merge the backup course into the existing course.
  1. This option will add the content in the backup file to an existing course without altering any current content already in that course.
  1. Select the course you want to restore this backup into.

Note: If the course that you want is not in the list, you can use the search function. If you can’t find the course, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

  1. Click Continue.

Step 3: Settings

This step allows you to select the individual settings that you want to restore. By default, the activities, blocks, and filters in the backup are selected. We recommend that you do not change these settings for a standard course restore. If you feel that you need to change these settings, contact the the ITRC (208) 282-5880 or email

  1. To prevent an individual setting from restoring, Select the checkbox next to the setting, removing the checkmark.

Note: Anything marked with an X  is not included in the backup file.

  1. Click Next in the lower right of the screen.

Note: Deselecting an individual setting will also remove every item included in that group. Any individual setting removed will appear with an X next to them in the following steps, showing that those items will not be restored.

Step 4: Schema

This step, like the previous, allows you to select which items you want to be restored on an individual basis.

Note: You will encounter problems if you change the course name, the course short name, or override course configuration. If you feel that changes are needed, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

  1. If you do not want a topic/week (and all of the items within it) to restore, Deselect the checkbox next to the topic/week. The checkmark will disappear.

Note: You can Select All/None to make the process more expedient.

  1. If you do not want  an individual item to restore, Deselect the checkbox next to the item. The checkmark will disappear.

Note: In order to be able to select specific item(s) to be included in the restore process, the checkbox next to the topic/week heading must be selected.

  1. Click Next at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5: Review

This step will show all of the choices you have made in the previous two steps before performing the restore process.

  1. If everything is correct, Scroll down.
  2. Click Perform restore.

Note: If you wish to change any selections, Click Previous to go back and make changes.

Step 6: Perform Restore

  1. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100%.

Note: This process may take a few minutes depending on the size of the backup file. If you encounter any problems, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

Step 7: Complete

When the import has been completed successfully, Click Continue.

Note: You may encounter a Technical information and warnings text area below the Continue button. If you have any questions regarding the information in the box, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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The restored course content should now be visible on your course homepage.

For more information, see Course Restore

For additional assistance, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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