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AWS Instance Stores

What are Instance Stores?

Instance Store is a storage volume that acts as a physical hard drive.

It provides temporary storage for Amazon EC2 instance.

The data in an instance store persists during the lifetime of its instance.

If an instance reboots, data in the instance store will persist.

When the instance hibernates or terminates, you lose any data in the instance store.

If an instance starts from a stopped state, it might start on another host where the used instance store does not exist.

It is recommended to avoid storing valuable data in the store instance.

Instance Stores are good for temporary files, and data that can be easily recreated.

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You will learn about AWS EBS in the next chapter.


AWS EC2 instance with an attached instance store is running.

Image of an Amazon EC2 instance with a running attached instance store

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AWS EC2 instance is stopped or terminated.

Image of an Amazon EC2 instance when it is stopped or terminated

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All data on the attached instance store are deleted.

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