Search Backed Up Files

A brand new Mac computer has approximately one million files. When you’re trying to recover that one document you need after mistakenly clicking delete, it may be a bit daunting to find. With Backblaze, you could always browse through your online backup directories to find your file.

However, we’ve just introduced something to make it a little bit easier: Search.

How to Search Backed Up Files

    1. 1. Visit and sign-in.
    1. 2. Select the computer you wish to restore from.
    1. 3. Enter the text you want to search.
    1. 4. Pick the result(s) you want to restore.

An Example

A couple years ago I put together a list of swimming pools that were close to my house and what hours they were open. I was not at my computer and couldn’t remember where I saved that file. So I signed into, typed in “swimmin” (didn’t even finish the whole word) and clicked the search icon. I got a list of the three files, clicked the first one, and got my file in a few seconds!


A Few Notes

This search will look at the name of the file only. Since your files are encrypted, we cannot search the contents of the files themselves. All files that match the name will show up. The directory that the file is in is shown just below the filename.

Hope you enjoy the new feature!


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.