Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

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Deleting an Amazon EBS Volume

After you no longer need an Amazon EBS volume, you can delete it. After deletion, its data is gone and the volume can't be attached to any instance. However, before deletion, you can store a snapshot of the volume, which you can use to re-create the volume later.

To delete a volume, it must be in the available state (not attached to an instance). For more information, see Detaching an Amazon EBS Volume from an Instance.

To delete an EBS volume using the console

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Volumes.

  3. Select a volume and choose Actions, Delete Volume.

  4. In the confirmation dialog box, choose Yes, Delete.

To delete an EBS volume using the command line

You can use one of the following commands. For more information about these command line interfaces, see Accessing Amazon EC2.