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Perform File-Level Search for Backups

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Druva CloudRanger’s granular search feature can prove to be invaluable when recovering files that have been accidentally deleted or lost due to migration errors. You can use this functionality to recover files that may have been deleted, or to confirm whether a file exists, as part of compliance and governance.

This article explains how File Level Search works for Amazon EC2 resources on Druva CloudRanger.

Before you Begin

The File Level Search feature is optional and will need to be enabled from your Account Settings page.

Note:  File Level Search feature when enabled will create an S3 Bucket per user account to store the file system metadata of the target backups. The CloudFormation scripts may need to be updated to allow access to the S3 bucket.  
  • Click the Settings icon on the left navigation menu and navigate to File Level Search Settings to enable File Indexing.

  • You may also set the Backup Index Options to Index all backups on Druva CloudRanger.

Perform File Level Search

Step 1: Execute Backup Policy and Index for Search

Once File Search is enabled, you can execute a backup policy and then choose to Index specific backups for File Search.

  • Log into your Druva CloudRanger console and navigate to Backups.

  • Select the backup to be indexed and click Index for search.

Note: The file icon remains grey prior to indexing of a backup. Once the backup is complete and indexed to make it searchable for files, the file icon changes to blue.


  • Click the blue file icon to be redirected to the File Search page.

Druva CloudRanger automatically enters the snapshot selected into the In Backups textbox. You can specify other search criteria, as relevant before initiating search.

Step 2: Perform File Level Search
  • Navigate to the File Search page or use the file icon on the backups page to be redirected.

  • Specify the search criteria such as File Type, File Size, Date modified, or initiate search within a specific Resource or Backup.
  • Click Search.
Step 3: Retrieve File from Search Results
  • Once the target file(s) have been identified, the Search Results displays the files within the backup versions that match the criteria specified.

  • Click the file link under Versions to download the files.


  • Select the file and click Retrieve files and then click Start File Retrieval.
    This then initiates the download of the selected file to the user’s desktop.

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