AWS Import/Export
Developer Guide (API Version 2014-12-18)
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Preparing Your Storage Device for Amazon S3 Import and Export Jobs

The process for preparing your storage device is as follows. Individual steps are described in detail in the following topics.

1Ensure that your storage device conforms to AWS requirements. For more information, see Storage Device Requirements.
2For import to Amazon S3, you can encrypt your data before you send the device. For export to Amazon S3, you provide a PIN code or password that we will use to encrypt your data. For more information, see Encrypting Your Data.
3Label both your device and package with the JobId value from the CreateJob response.
4Copy the SIGNATURE value to a file named SIGNATURE in the root directory of your storage device.
5Print out and fill in the packing slip with your JobId, unique device identifier, and contact information.
6Pack your power supply, power cable, and interface cables along with your device.


Secure your device within the shipping box to prevent shifting in transit. For example, wrapping your device in bubble wrap will help prevent shifting and give added protection from damage.

For a checklist that covers the steps for shipping a device for an Amazon S3 import or export job, go to the AWS Import/Export Pack and Ship Checklist on our web site.

Copying the Signature Value

For Amazon S3 import or export jobs, your storage device must have on its root directory a file named SIGNATURE. The CreateJob response includes the SignatureFileContents text and a file named SIGNATURE in its response. The file name must be SIGNATURE, all caps, and it must be in the device's root directory.

To copy the signature value to your storage device

  1. Locate the SIGNATURE on your computer, or create a file named SIGNATURE and copy the SignatureFileContents text into it.

    You can also get the SignatureFileContents value by submitting a GetStatus request.

    The file name, SIGNATURE, must be all caps.

  2. Copy the SIGNATURE file to your storage device in the root directory.

    Each device you send must include the unique SIGNATURE file for that device and that JOBID. AWS Import/Export validates the SIGNATURE file on your storage device before starting the data load. If the SIGNATURE file is missing or invalid (if, for instance, it is associated with a different job request), AWS Import/Export will not perform the data load and we will return your storage device.

Filling Out the Packing Slip

For Amazon S3 import or export jobs only, you must fill out the AWS Import/Export packing slip.

To fill out your packing slip

  1. Go to and print the packing slip.

  2. Fill in the date, your AWS account email, a contact name, a contact phone number or email, and a storage device ID.

    Each storage device can have only one device ID, such as a serial number.

    As a general rule, you must ship each device in a separate package. AWS Import/Export will, however, accept multiple devices in a single shipment if you follow the guidelines and limitations that are outlined in Shipping Multiple Devices.

The following is an example packing slip.