Why is my Amazon EBS volume stuck in the "deleting" state?

Last updated: 2022-12-02

My Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volume is stuck in the "deleting" state, and I don't know why.

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Generally, Amazon EBS volumes are immediately deleted when you use the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) console or AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). However, the volume can get stuck in the "deleting" state when there's an active snapshot that's associated with your volume.

If you make a CreateSnapshot API call immediately before making a DeleteVolume request, then volume deletion is postponed until snapshot creation completes. Before deleting a volume, check for any snapshot creations that are still in progress. For instructions on how to access snapshot information, see View Amazon EBS snapshot information.

Note: Even after a snapshot creation is complete, volume deletion might still be delayed because volume workflows are asynchronous.


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