To load your data through AWS Import/Export, you must use a compatible storage device. The storage device requirements are:
* An adaptor must be included for plugs other than the ones supported above
For Amazon EBS imports, if your storage device is less than or equal to the maximum volume size of 1TB, its contents will be loaded directly into an Amazon EBS snapshot. If your storage device’s capacity exceeds 1TB, a device image will be stored in your specified Amazon S3 bucket. You can then create a RAID of EBS volumes using software such as Logical Volume Manager, and copy the image from Amazon S3 to this new logical volume.
For Amazon S3 imports, supported file systems include NTFS, ext, and FAT32. HFS is also supported for import of partitions up to 2TB in size. For exports NTFS, ext4, and exFAT are supported; ext2, ext3, and FAT32 are not supported.
AWS can often support larger and heavier devices upon request. Please contact us with the specifics. Make sure to include your AWS account(s), number of terabytes you intend to load, and type of device(s) you wish to use.
Each AWS Import/Export station is capable of loading data at over 100MB per second, but in most cases the rate of the data load will be bounded by a combination of the read or write speed of your device and, for Amazon S3 data loads, the average object size. Selecting devices with faster read or write speeds and interfaces can reduce data loading time. For more details regarding data loading performance see the AWS Import/Export Calculator.
While AWS Import/Export is designed to work with any storage device with a USB or eSATA connector, devices from LaCie, MicroNet, Seagate, and Western Digital have generally provided good performance. AWS Import/Export requires storage devices that can be mounted on Red Hat Linux. Please check with the manufacturer of your device to see if it is Linux compatible.