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How to Backup Files to Amazon S3

--Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Losing the entire album, music collection or the PPT that you need to present the next day is something we don't want to experience, yet many of us don't have a backup because of inadequate storage space. Now Amazon S3, for Amazon Simple Storage Service, offers unlimited cloud storage to users. Everyone can back up files to Amazon S3 so that they can retrieve all data if one day files are lost.

Backup Files to Amazon S3

Step 1 Sign up/into Amazon Web Service
To sign up, go to http://aws.amazon.com/. Then select "Create a Free Account". Enter your e-mail or mobile number in the blank. Then select "I am a new user". Then click "Sign in using our secure server". After that, fill in your contact info, payment info, identity verification, support plan, confirmation by following the instruction.

Sign Up S3

Step 2 Open AWS Management Console
Once signed up, click "Launch Management Console" at the right. Then you will be taken into the log-in page. Enter your email address and select "I am a returning user and my password is". After that, enter your password and click the "Sign in using our secure server".

Sign into S3

Step 3 Open the Dashboard
In the AWS center, locate "Storage & Content Delivery". Select and double click "S3" to open the dashboard.

Choose Amazon S3

Step 4 Create a Bucket
You are in the S3 dashboard. Click the "Create Bucket" button at the upper left corner. Then create a bucket by selecting a bucket name and region. After that, click the "Create" button.

Note: there are a number of restrictions on S3 bucket names; you can see the full list here.

Create Bucket

A bucket is a container for object stored in Amazon S3. When creating a bucket, you can choose a Region to optimize for latency, minimize costs, or address regulatory requirements. For more information regarding bucket naming conventions, please visit the Amazon S3 documentation.

Step 5 Backup Files to Amazon S3
Select your newly created bucket, which is named "xx-back-bucket". Then click the Upload button.

Upload Data to Amazon S3 Bucket

Click Add Files and select a file to backup. Then check the "Start Upload" button to begin backing up. Then progress bar on the right column will show the upload status.

Upload Files Completed

Now that you have backed up your files into Amazon S3, you can reach your files and the retrieve any amount of data at any time, from anywhere on the web.


Ivy Bruce

Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.