You can create a snapshot of a volume to make a point-in-time image of the data stored on this volume. You can then create a new volume based on this snapshot, copy it to another Region or share it with other users.

The following procedures are available:

Creating a Snapshot of a Volume Using Cockpit

  1. Click Storage > Snapshots.

    You can also select a volume in the Storage > Volumes tab, then click Snapshot .

  2. Click Create .
    The CREATE SNAPSHOT dialog box appears. 

  3. In the Name field, type a name for the snapshot. 

    This action adds a Name tag of 255 characters maximum. You can use any character, including accented letters.

  4. From the Volume list, select the volume of which you want to create a volume. 

    If data is being written on the volume at the time you create the snapshot, this snapshot may be incomplete.

  5. (optional) In the Description field, type a description of the snapshot. 

  6. Click Create to validate. 
    A snapshot of the volume is created and appears on the Snapshots page. 

Creating a Snapshot of a Volume Using AWS CLI

  • To create a snapshot of a specified volume, use create-snapshot command following this syntax:

    Request sample
    $ aws ec2 create-snapshot \
        --profile YOUR_PROFILE \
        --volume-id vol-12345678 \
        --description snapshot of vol-12345678 \

    This command contains the following attributes that you need to specify:

    • (optional) profile: The named profile you want to use, created when configuring AWS CLI. For more information, see Installing and Configuring AWS CLI.
    • volume-id: The ID of the volume you want to create a snapshot of.
    • (optional) description: A description of the snapshot.

    • endpoint: The endpoint corresponding to the Region you want to send the request to.

The create-snapshot command returns the following elements: 

    • Description: A description of the snapshot, if provided in the request.
    • OwnerId: The account ID of the owner of the snapshot.

    • Progress: The progress of the snapshot (a percentage).
    • SnapshotId: The ID of the newly created snapshot.
    • State: The state of the snapshot (in-queue  |  pending  |  completed).
    • StartTime: The time at which the snapshot was initiated.
    • VolumeId: The ID of the volume used to create the snapshot.
    • VolumeSize: The size of the volume, in gibibytes (GiB).
    Result sample
        "Description": "snapshot of vol-12345678",
        "Progress": "0%",
        "OwnerId": "123456789012",
        "SnapshotId": "snap-87654321",
        "StartTime": "2018-03-26T13:01:33.176Z",
        "State": "pending",
        "VolumeId": "vol-12345678",
        "VolumeSize": 50

     A snapshot of the specified volume is created.

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