Performing File-Level Recovery

In case a disaster strikes, you can recover corrupted or missing files of an EC2 instance from a cloud-native snapshot or image-level backup.


Restore of files and folders is supported only for the following file systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, Btrfs. For EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows OSes, Veeam Backup for AWS supports file-level recovery only for basic volumes.

You can use the following options:

  • Download the necessary files and folders to a local machine.
  • Restore the files and folders of the source EC2 instance to the original location.

By default, Veeam Backup for AWS restores files and folders to a local machine. If you want to perform restore to the original location, you must enable the Additional restore mode in the restore settings.


Before you start the restore operation, check the prerequisites described in section Before You Begin.

To learn how EC2 file-level recovery works, see File-Level Recovery. To learn how to configure network settings that will be used to deploy workers during the restore process, see Managing Worker Configurations.

How to Perform EC2 File-Level Recovery

To recover files and folders of a protected EC2 instance, do the following:

  1. Launch the EC2 File-level Recovery wizard.
  2. Select a restore point.
  3. Specify restore settings.
  4. Specify a restore reason.
  5. Finish working with the wizard — start a recovery session.
  6. Choose files and folders to recover.
  7. Stop the recovery session.