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Shipping Multiple Devices

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 this topic.

Note

These requirements are only for shipping multiple devices per package. If you are shipping each device separately, see Packing Your Storage Device.

If you ship multiple devices in a single shipment, your shipment must meet all of these criteria:

  • Create a separate Import/Export job request, with a unique job ID, for each device.

  • You may ship up to eight devices per container.

  • The devices must be packed in a hard case designed to safely ship the devices, with a separate slot or compartment for each device.

  • Label each slot and each hard drive with the corresponding job ID.

  • If the devices require separate power supplies, power cables, and interface cables, be sure all of the necessary components are packaged with each device. Label each component with the corresponding job ID.

  • Be sure all the labels are attached securely.

The following types of devices have additional specific requirements.

  • Bare SATA drives — Bare drives require special care. Ship bare SATA drives in specially designed hard cases with a separate slot or compartment for each device.

  • Single-spindle external hard disks — Pack your devices securely with bubble wrap or similar material so that the devices cannot shift in the container. It is especially important to include all cables, cords, and power supplies.

  • RAID devices — These devices are often not designed for shipping with drives already mounted. Consult the manufacturer's recommendations for preparing the device for shipping. Pack your devices securely with bubble wrap or similar material so that the devices cannot shift in the container. It is especially important to include all cables, cords, and power supplies.

  • Multi-RAID devices — Multi-RAID devices present special packaging problems. We recommend that you take extra precautions to pack these devices securely. Shipping multiple devices per shipment may incur larger return shipping costs.

Note

Shipping multiple devices per shipment may incur larger return shipping costs.