If you have large amounts of data to load and an Internet connection with limited bandwidth, the time required to prepare and ship a portable storage device to AWS can be a small percentage of the time it would take to transfer your data over the internet. If loading your data over the Internet would take a week or more, you should consider using AWS Import/Export.

Below is a table that gives guidance around common internet connection speeds on: (1) how long it will take to transfer 1TB of data over the Internet into AWS (see the middle column for this estimate); and, (2) what volume of total data will require a week to transfer over the Internet into AWS, and therefore warrant consideration of AWS Import/Export (see the right-hand column). For example, if you have a 10Mbps connection and expect to utilize 80% of your network capacity for the data transfer, transferring 1TB of data over the Internet to AWS will take 13 days. The volume at which this same set-up will take at least a week, is 600GB, so if you have 600GB of data or more to transfer, and you want it to take less than a week to get into AWS, we recommend you using AWS Import/Export.

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Available Internet Connection Theoretical Min. Number of Days to Transfer 1TB at 80% Network Utilization When to Consider AWS Import/Export?
T1 (1.544Mbps) 82 days 100GB or more
10Mbps 13 days 600GB or more
T3 (44.736Mbps) 3 days 2TB or more
100Mbps 1 to 2 days 5TB or more
1000Mbps Less than 1 day 60TB or more

For more details regarding data loading costs see the AWS Import/Export Calculator.

To load your data through AWS Import/Export, you must use a compatible storage device. The storage device requirements are:

  Item Requirement
Power for External Devices (US)
  • US wall socket plug*
  • 120Volts @ 60Hertz
  • Max Power Consumption 2,000 Watts
Power for External Devices (EU - Ireland)
  • UK/Ireland Plugs: BS1363*
  • Continental Europe Plugs: Schuko (CEE7)*
  • Kettle Lead Plugs: IEC 320/C14*
  • 230Volts @ 50Hertz
  • Max Power Consumption 2,000 Watts
Power for External Devices (APAC - Singapore)
  • 230Volts @50Hertz
  • Max Power Consumption 2,000Watts
Interface Type
  • eSATA
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0(including USB flash drives)
  • 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch internal SATA hard drives
Dimensions
  • The maximum device size is 14 inches/35 centimeters high by 19 inches/48 centimeters wide by 36 inches/91 centimeters deep (8Us in a standard 19 inch/48 centimeter rack).
Weight
  • The maximum device weight is 50 pounds/22.5 kilograms.
Device Capacity
  • Up to 16TB
Device Compatibility
  • Device has to be compatible with Red Hat Linux

* 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.

  • Your use of this feature is subject to the AWS Customer Agreement.
  • Devices shipped to AWS for import into or export from EU (Ireland) Region buckets must originate from and be returned to an address within the European Union.