How do I re-create a terminated EC2 instance?

Last updated: 2021-06-22

My Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance was terminated, but I want to recover or restore data from that instance. Can I re-create a terminated EC2 instance?

Resolution

As part of an Amazon EC2 instance termination, the data on any instance store volumes associated with that instance is deleted. By default, the root Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volume is automatically deleted.

It's not possible to recover either the original Amazon EC2 instance or any volumes that were deleted as part of the termination process. However, you can use the following methods to re-create the terminated instance:

Use the following methods to prevent instance termination and volume deletion: