How to Restore a Single File

July 16th, 2013


Over the years, Backblaze online backup has helped our customers restore over 3 billion files. That’s a lot of photos, videos, documents and more. While a majority of our data restores are to “Restore All My Data”, many of our customers have also restored a single file or a handful of files and folders. You too can restore any of the files and folders you have backed up to backed up to Backblaze. For example, Ilene was able to restore a file she needed while traveling — it’s easy, convenient and secure.

To help you restore the files you have stored with Backblaze, we’ve put together a little step-by-step below:

  1. On any PC or Mac open a web browser.
  2. Go to the Backblaze web site and log in with your Backblaze account information.
  3. Choose the system that contains the file or files you wish to restore and select “Restore File” for that system.


  1. You will be taken to the View/Restore Files screen for that computer and your folder/directory list will be loaded.


  1. To navigate to the file you wish to restore, start by clicking on the folder name, in this case “Macintosh HD”. For you, this folder will be the name of your system.
  2. Continue clicking on folder names to reach the file you are seeking. Once you have located the file you wish to restore click on the box to the left of the file name.


  1. Once clicked, the box will turn blue and show a checkmark. Also, the “Folders” list will show a “dash” in the blue box next to the Folder meaning at least one file in the Folder is selected for restore.
  2. Using this method you can select any combination of files and folders you wish to restore.
  3. Helpful Hints:

  1. If you wish to “deselect” a file, simply click on box next to the filename and the checkmark will disappear and the file will not be restored.
  2. If you click the box next to the Folder name in the Folder list and a checkmark is displayed in that box then all of the files and folders in the “checked” folder will be restored.
  3. If you wish to “deselect” a folder simply click on the box next to the folder name until the box is empty and that folder and its contents will not be restored.
  4. While navigating to the files and folders you desire, if you wish to close an open folder, simply click on the black “triangle” to the left of the folder name (see below).

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  1. Once you have selected all the files and folders you wish to restore, press the “Continue with Restore” button.
  2. At this point your files will be located, copied and packaged into a ZIP file.
  3. Once packaging is complete you will be sent an email informing you that your restore is ready along with instructions on how to securely download the ZIP file containing your files.
  4. For a ZIP file larger than 2GB, you can use the Backblaze “Downloader”, otherwise you can use your browser to download the file.
  5. Once downloaded to your system, you unZIP your files and use them as desired.
  6. The ZIP file containing your restored files is kept on the Backblaze restore server for 7 days, after which it is deleted. You can also delete the restore file any time you wish before the 7 days is up.

We recommend that everyone be familiar with how to restore their data from Backblaze. While the process is easy, it never hurts to practice.

Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Andy has 20+ years experience in technology marketing. He has shared his expertise in computer security and data backup at the Federal Trade Commission, Rootstech, RSA and over 100 other events. His current passion is to get everyone to back up their data before it's too late.
  • Mark_in_VA

    I’m afraid Backblaze has some serious catch-up to do with Crashplan. I made the switch after 2 years as a Backblaze customer after seeing everything Crashplan offered. Competition is healthy, so I hope Backblaze takes a good look at their offering and makes changes.