AWS Import/Export
Developer Guide

Storage Device Requirements

To connect your storage device to one of our AWS Import/Export stations, your device must meet the following requirements:

  • Compatible with Red Hat Linux and warranted by the manufacturer to support eSATA, USB 3.0, or USB 2.0 interface on Linux.

  • Maximum device size is 14 inches/35 centimeters high by 19 inches/48 centimeters wide by 36 inches/91 centimeters deep (8Us in a standard 19 inch/48 centimeter rack).

  • Maximum weight is 50 pounds/22.5 kilograms.

  • Maximum device capacity is 16 TB for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon EBS jobs.

  • Power requirements vary by region. For more information, go to the Selecting Your Storage Device section on the AWS Import/Export Product Details page.


If you're not using internal drives, you must ship your storage device with its power supply, power cable, and interface cables. Without these components, we can't transfer your data and we will return your device. Enclosures, power supply, power cable, and interface cables are not necessary for internal drives.