Sameer explains the difference
between instance store
and an EBS volume

I’m not sure whether to store the data associated with my Amazon EC2 instance in instance store or in an attached Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volume. Which option is best for me?

Some Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance types come with a form of directly attached, block-device storage known as the instance store. The instance store is ideal for temporary storage, because the data stored in instance store volumes is not persistent through instance stops, terminations, or hardware failures.

For data you want to retain longer, or if you want to encrypt the data, use Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes instead. EBS volumes preserve their data through instance stops and terminations, can be easily backed up with EBS snapshots, can be removed from one instance and reattached to another, and support full-volume encryption.

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Published: 2016-05-12

Updated: 2018-06-06