Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mount Amazon EBS Volume as an External Drive

This article shows the steps needed to mount an EBS volume to a running Linux instance. I assume you have AWS account and you have access to AWS Console.

List below are the needed steps:

  1. Create your EBS drive under volumes in your AWS Console
  2. Attach it to your instance and you should get a reference for it. e.g. /dev/sdf
  3. Connect to your instance via SSH
  4. ls /dev should now show the created volume
  5. Format your volume by mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdf
  6. Run sudo mkdir /ext
  7. Run sudo vim /etc/fstab. Instead of vim any other editor can be used.
  8. Add  "/dev/sdf /ext ext3 noatime 0 0" to end of the  /etc/fstab
  9. Run sudo mount /ext
  10. Run sudo df -h /ext and you will see you drive

This volume can be used as a external drive for daily or weekly backups or any other purposes.


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