Innobackupex question

I know its possible to backup individual schemas with innobackupex but how do you restore an individual schema without affecting the others? Do I just copy the backup directory structure and files into the working mysql directory?

For MyISAM yes, but for InnoDB see

The process depends on if you are using MyISAM or InnoDB/XtraDB, but below are links to the manual with important information and steps on both taking the partial backup, preparing it, and restoring it:

thanks for the info. very helpful