Restoring Course Data From Moodle 1.9 Moodle ISU


The Moodle ISU restore utility allows you to import content into a course using the compressed backup (.mbz or .zip) you previously created.  If you receive an error notification during this process, please contact the ITRC.  (For information on backing up course data, refer see Backing up Course Data.)

This guide will help you to:

Restore Course Content

  1. In the My Courses area, Click on the course title of the course to which you want to import content.
  2. In the Administration block, Click the Course Administration dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the Restore option.


  1. Click Choose a file. This will bring up a pop up for you to upload your file.

Hot Tip: Instead of clicking Choose a file, you can now drag and drop the file into the drag and drop box.

Note: If there is more than one backup file with the same name, find the one that has the latest time stamp.

  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, Click on the backup file and then Click Open.

  1. Click Upload this file.
  2. Once you have selected the appropriate file, Click on the Restore button below your 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 for assistance.


1. Confirm

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.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click the Continue button in the bottom right of the screen.


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.

Restore Into This Course

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

  1. Click on the Continue button contained in the Restore in this course block.

Restore Into an Existing Course

  1. Select Merge the backup course into the existing course: This option will add the content in the backup file to the existing course without altering any current content already in that course in any way.
  1. Select the course you want to restore this backup into.
  2. Click on the Continue Button contained within the Restore into an existing course block.

3. Settings

  1. This step allows you to select the general groups of items that you want to restore. By default everything in the backup is selected.
  1. Anything marked with a red “X” was something that is not included in the backup file
  1. Click on the Next button in the lower right of the screen

Note: Deselecting a week/topic will also remove every item included in that topic.

4. Schema

  1. This step allows you to select the specific content you want to be restored into the course. Any groups of items removed in the previous step will appear with a red “X” next to them, showing that those items will not be restored. By default every item available is selected to be restored.

Note: You may encounter problems if you change Course name, Course short name, or Overwrite course configuration.  If you feel that you need to change them please contact the ITRC.

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

5. Review

  1. This step will show all of the choices you have made in the previous 2 steps before the restore is begun. Once you have confirmed the restore settings Scroll down and Click the Perform Restore button.

Perform Restore

  1. This step is completed internally and requires no input from the user.
  1. When the import has been “completed successfully,” Click the Continue button.

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

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