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This guide is for the Snowball (50 TB or 80 TB of storage space). If you are looking for documentation for the Snowball Edge, see the AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide.

Using Export Ranges

When you create an export job in the AWS Snowball Management Console, you can choose to export an entire Amazon S3 bucket or a specific range of objects keys. Object key names uniquely identify objects in a bucket. If you choose to export a range, you define the length of the range by providing either an inclusive range beginning, an inclusive range ending, or both.

Ranges are UTF-8 binary sorted. UTF-8 binary data is sorted in the following way:

  • The numbers 0-9 come before both uppercase and lowercase English characters.

  • Uppercase English characters come before all lowercase English characters.

  • Lowercase English characters come last when sorted against uppercase English characters and numbers.

  • Special characters are sorted among the other character sets.

For more information on the specifics of UTF-8 sort order, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8.

Export Range Examples

Assume you have a bucket containing the following objects, sorted in UTF-8 binary order.

  • 01

  • Aardvark

  • Aardwolf

  • Aasvogel/apple

  • Aasvogel/banana

  • Aasvogel/cherry

  • Banana

  • Car

Specified Range Beginning Specified Range Ending Objects in the Range That Will Be Exported
(none) (none) All of the objects in your bucket
(none) Aasvogel

01

Aardvark

Aardwolf

Aasvogel/apple

Aasvogel/banana

Aasvogel/cherry

(none) Aasvogel/banana

01

Aardvark

Aardwolf

Aasvogel/apple

Aasvogel/banana

Aasvogel (none)

Aasvogel/apple

Aasvogel/banana

Aasvogel/cherry

Banana

Car

Aardwolf (none)

Aardwolf

Aasvogel/apple

Aasvogel/banana

Aasvogel/cherry

Banana

Car

Aar (none)

Aardvark

Aardwolf

Aasvogel/apple

Aasvogel/banana

Aasvogel/cherry

Banana

Car

car (none)

No objects will be exported, and you’ll get an error message when you try to create the job. Note that car is sorted below Car according to UTF-8 binary values.

Aar Aarrr

Aardvark

Aardwolf

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