Getting started 6: Restore a backup - Amazon Backup
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Getting started 6: Restore a backup

After a resource has been backed up at least once, it is considered protected and is available to be restored using Amazon Backup. Follow these steps to restore a resource using the Amazon Backup console.

For information about restore parameters for specific services, or restoring a backup using the Amazon CLI or the Amazon Backup API, see Restoring a Backup.

To restore a resource
  1. Open the Amazon Backup console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Protected resources and the resource ID you want to restore.

  3. A list of your recovery points, including the resource type, is displayed by Resource ID. Choose a resource to open the Resource details page.

  4. To restore a resource, in the Backups pane, choose the radio button next to the recovery point ID of the resource. In the upper-right corner of the pane, choose Restore.

  5. Specify the restore parameters. The restore parameters shown are specific to the resource type that is selected.


    If you only keep one backup, you can only restore to the state of the file system at the time you took that backup. You can't restore to prior incremental backups.

    For instructions on how to restore specific resources, see Restoring a backup.

  6. For Restore role, choose Default role.


    If the Amazon Backup default role is not present in your account, a role is created for you with the correct permissions.

  7. Choose Restore backup.

    The Restore jobs pane appears. A message at the top of the page provides information about the restore job.


When you perform a restore to restore specific items within an Amazon EFS instance, you can restore those items to either a new or an existing file system. If you restore the items to an existing file system, Amazon Backup creates a new Amazon EFS directory off of the root directory to contain the items. The full hierarchy of the specified items is preserved in the recovery directory. For example, if directory A contains subdirectories B, C, and D, Amazon Backup retains the hierarchical structure when A, B, C, and D are recovered.

Regardless of whether you perform an Amazon EFS partial restore to an existing file system or to new file system, each restore attempt creates a new recovery directory off of the root directory to contain the restored files. If you attempt multiple restores for the same path, several directories containing the restored items might exist.

To restore an Amazon EFS instance

If you are restoring an Amazon EFS instance, you can perform a Full restore, which restores the entire file system. Or, you can restore specific files and directories using Item-level restore (item-level restores have limits. See Restoring an EFS file system for more information). For information about restoring other types of resources, see Restoring a backup.


To restore an Amazon EFS instance, you must "Allow" backup:startrestorejob.

For detailed information about restoring a backup, see Restoring a backup.

Next steps

With Amazon Backup Audit Manager, you can audit your backup activity and resources. You can also create reports that you can use as evidence of your backup, restore, and copy jobs. To create a report, see Getting started 7: Create an audit report.