Amazon EBS and AWS Backup - AWS Backup

Amazon EBS and AWS Backup

The backup process for Amazon EBS resources is similar to the steps used to back up other resources types:

Resource-specific information is noted in the following sections.

Amazon EBS Archive Tier for cold storage

EBS is one of the resource that supports a transition of backups to cold storage. For more information, see Lifecycle and storage tiers.


This feature is not available in the China (Beijing), China (Ningxia), AWS GovCloud (US-East) and AWS GovCloud (US-West) Regions.

Amazon EBS multi-volume, crash-consistent backups

By default, AWS Backup creates crash-consistent backups of Amazon EBS volumes that are attached to an Amazon EC2 instance. Crash consistency means that the snapshots for every Amazon EBS volume attached to the same Amazon EC2 instance are taken at the exact same moment. You no longer have to stop your instances or coordinate between multiple Amazon EBS volumes to ensure crash-consistency of your application state.

Since multi-volume, crash-consistent snapshots are a default AWS Backup functionality, you don’t need to do anything different to use this feature. You can back up Amazon EBS volumes using one of the following procedures:

The role used to create an EBS snapshot recovery point will be associated to that snapshot. This same role must be use the one to delete recovery points created by it or to transition recovery points of it to an archive tier.

Amazon EBS Snapshot Lock and AWS Backup

AWS Backup managed Amazon EBS snapshots and snapshots associated with a AWS Backup managed Amazon EC2 AMI which have Amazon EBS Snapshot Lock applied may not be deleted as part of the recovery point lifecycle if the snapshot lock duration exceeds the backup lifecycle. Instead, these recovery points will have the status of EXPIRED. These recovery points can be deleted manually if you choose to first remove the Amazon EBS snapshot lock.

To restore your Amazon EBS volumes, follow the steps in Restoring an Amazon EBS volume.