I've stopped all my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, but I'm still receiving charges for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) storage. How can I stop EBS charges accruing on my account for instances I'm not using?

You are charged for EBS storage for the amount of storage provisioned to your account, measured in "gigabyte-months." EC2 instances accrue charges only while they're running, but EBS volumes attached to instances continue to retain information and accrue charges, even when the instance is stopped. For more information about how EBS is billed, see Amazon EBS Pricing.

To stop EBS-related charges, delete EBS volumes and EBS snapshots you don't need.

EBS snapshots are billed at a lower rate than active EBS volumes are. You can minimize your EBS charges but retain the information stored in EBS for later use by creating a snapshot of the volume as a backup and then deleting the active volume. Later, when you need the information stored in the snapshot, you can restore the EBS volume from the snapshot for use with your infrastructure.

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Published: 2016-02-18

Updated: 2018-03-06