An Amazon S3 export transfers individual objects from Amazon S3 buckets to your device, creating one file for each object. You can export from more than one bucket and you can specify which files to export using manifest file options.
AWS Import/Export requires encryption with all export jobs. You must either provide a PIN-code protected device with hardware encryption or instruct AWS to encrypt the device using TrueCrypt software encryption with a password that you supply. If you provide a PIN-code protected device, you can optionally specify TrueCrypt encryption in addition.
For added security for your data while the device is in transit, AWS Import/Export formats your device before beginning the data load. Any data that is stored on the device when you sent the device to AWS will be lost. AWS copies your data to an encrypted file container on your device. If you specify software encryption, you will need to decrypt the data using TrueCrypt encryption software. For more information, see Encrypting Your Data.
If you lose your password or device PIN code, you will not be able to decrypt your device. AWS will not provide your password or PIN code if you lose them.
You must submit a separate job request for each device.
You can send multiple devices in the same shipment. If you do, however, there are specific guidelines and limitations that govern what devices you can ship and how your devices must be packaged. If your shipment is not prepared and packed correctly, AWS Import/Export cannot process your jobs. Regardless of how many devices you ship at one time, you must submit a separate job request for each device. For complete details about packaging requirements when shipping multiple devices, see Shipping Multiple Devices.
For more information, see Guidelines and Limitations
Export from Amazon EBS or Amazon Glacier to a storage device is not currently supported.
You can create a bucket using the AWS Management Console. For more information, go to Creating a Bucket.
To create an Amazon S3 export job
Create a manifest file.
Prepare your device for shipping.
AWS Import/Export sends a response with a
SIGNATURE file and
SIGNATURE file to your device.
Ship your device.
These steps assume that you have signed up for an AWS account and created your
AWScredentials.properties file as described in the earlier
The manifest file is a YAML-formatted text file that instructs AWS about how to handle your job. It consists of a set of name-value pairs that supply required information such as your device ID, log bucket, return address, and so on. For more information about YAML, go to http://yaml.org.
The AWS Import/Export Web Service Tool provides three examples of manifest files that you can modify for your import and export jobs.
Go to the
Examples folder in the folder where you installed the AWS
Import/Export Web Service Tool.
S3-export-manifest.txt file in a text editor.
manifestVersion:2.0 generator:text editor deviceId:
[Enter device serial number]fileSystem:
[password]serviceLevel:expeditedShipping targetDirectory:/ recoveryDirectory:EXPORT-RECOVERY logBucket:
[Your log bucket]notificationEmail:
[Email addresses, semicolon separated]operations: - exportBucket:
[Your bucket]returnAddress: name:
[Optional - your company]street1:
[Optional - additional street info]street3:
[Optional - additional street info]city:
[Required for USA and Canada. Your state or province.]postalCode:
[Your postal code]country:
When shipping devices internationally except within the European Union you must include the customs option in the manifest. For more information about the customs-related manifest options, see Customs Manifest File Option.
In the file, replace all text in brackets with the appropriate values. Delete any unused optional lines.
Provide a device PIN code or an encryption password. AWS uses the PIN code or
password you provide to encrypt your data. You will need the same PIN code or password
to decrypt your data after you receive the data back from AWS. If you do not provide a
PIN code or password in your manifest, the
CreateJob request will
Provide the name of the existing Amazon S3 bucket containing the data to export, a
bucket name to save your log data. For the
exportBucket options provide only the name of the bucket, for
For export, your Amazon S3 log bucket and your Amazon S3 export bucket must be in the same region. If your buckets are in different regions, your job request will fail.
Save the file as
MyS3ExportManifest.txt in the same folder as your
For more information about manifest file options, see Creating Export Manifests .
Now that you have your credentials file and manifest file in place, you send a
CreateJob request to AWS Import/Export. You send a separate
CreateJob request for each device.
Open a command prompt (or, on a Mac, use the Terminal application), and change to the directory where you unzipped the AWS Import/Export tool.
Enter the following
CreateJob request on the command
cmdPrompt>java -jar lib/AWSImportExportWebServiceTool-1.0.jar CreateJob Export MyS3ExportManifest.txt .
CreateJob request includes a directory name for where you
SIGNATURE file saved. In this example, the closing
period (.) at the end of the command refers to the current directory. Either include
the period, as shown above, or replace it with a directory path.
If there is an error, AWS Import/Export returns an error message.
If there are no errors in the request, AWS Import/Export returns a JOB CREATED response.The following is a sample response.
JOB CREATED JobId: TC44P JobType: Export **************************************** * AwsShippingAddress * **************************************** Please call GetShippingLabel API to retrieve shipping address **************************************** * SignatureFileContents * **************************************** version:2.0 signingMethod:HmacSHA1 jobId:TC44P signature:BBAqQ/E+R7bdXRVR1s9vTi5t7Aps= Writing SignatureFileContents to C:\ImportExportWebServiceTool\.\SIGNATURE
Your job expires after 30 days. If you do not send a device, there is no charge.
In response to your
CreateJob request, AWS writes a file named
SIGNATURE to your computer. The
contains a signature, which is an encrypted string that allows us to authenticate your
device and match it to your job request.
SIGNATURE file in the directory that you specified in
your job request and copy it to the root directory of your storage device. The file name
must be named
SIGNATURE and it must be in the device's root
Each device you send must include the unique
SIGNATURE file for
that device and that JOBID. AWS Import/Export validates the
file on your storage device before starting the data load. If the
SIGNATURE file is missing or invalid (for example, if it is
associated with a different job request), AWS Import/Export will not perform the data load
and we will return your storage device.
Generate, print out, and attach your pre-paid shipping label through the AWS
Import/Export Web Service Tool's
GetShippingLabel action. For detailed
instructions, see Generating Your Pre-Paid Shipping Label.
It is essential that you prepare your device properly before shipping. If your device is not properly prepared for shipping and export, AWS might need to erase the device and return it without processing the request. If we are unable to erase the data on the device, we will schedule it for destruction and our support team will contact you using the email address specified in the manifest file. For more information, see Shipping Your Storage Device.
Pack the power supply, power cable, and interface cables with your storage device. Without these, we can't transfer your data and will return your device.
Fill out the packing slip and include the packing slip with your device and cables.
Download the packing slip from http://s3.amazonaws.com/awsimportexport/AWS_Import_Export_Packing_Slip.pdf.
Generate, print out, and attach your pre-paid shipping label.
For detailed instructions for preparing and shipping your device, see Shipping Your Storage Device.
Arrange for UPS to pick up your package by calling them directly or take your package to a UPS package drop off facility to be shipped to AWS. You will not have to pay UPS for the shipping charges but AWS will add these charges to the fee charged for processing your device. If you are shipping internationally, see International Considerations for Mailing Your Storage Device.
Your job expires after 30 days. If you do not send a device, there is no charge. You are billed only after AWS Import/Export receives your device. If we receive your package after your job expires, we will return your device. You will only be charged for the shipping fees, if any.
Now, you have explored the getting started steps of AWS Import/Export. To learn more about the product, see Where Do I Go from Here?.