Deleting a file share - AWS Storage Gateway

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Deleting a file share

If you no longer need a file share, you can delete it from the Storage Gateway console. When you delete a file share, the gateway is detached from the Amazon S3 bucket that the file share maps to. However, the S3 bucket and its contents aren't deleted.

If your gateway is uploading data to a S3 bucket when you delete a file share, the delete process doesn't complete until all the data is uploaded. The file share has the DELETING status until the data is completely uploaded.

If you don't want to wait for your data to be completely uploaded, see the To forcibly delete a file share procedure later in this topic.

To delete a file share

  1. Open the Storage Gateway console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/storagegateway/home.

  2. Choose File shares, then select one or more file shares to delete.

  3. For Actions, choose Delete file share. The confirmation dialog box appears.

  4. Verify that you want to delete the specified file shares, then type the word delete in the confirmation box and choose Delete.

In certain cases, you might not want to wait until all the data written to files on the Network File System (NFS) file share is uploaded before deleting the file share. For example, you might want to intentionally discard data that was written but has not yet been uploaded, or the Amazon S3 bucket that backs the file share might have already been deleted, meaning that uploading the specified data is no longer possible.

In these cases, you can forcibly delete the file share by using the AWS Management Console or the DeleteFileShare API operation. This operation aborts the data upload process. When it does, the file share enters the FORCE_DELETING status. To forcibly delete a file share using the Storage Gateway console, see the procedure following.

To forcibly delete a file share

  1. Open the Storage Gateway console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/storagegateway/home.

  2. From the File shares list page, choose file share that you flagged for deletion in the procedure above to view its details. After a few seconds, a deletion notification message appears on the Details tab.

  3. In the message that appears on the Details tab, verify the ID of the file share that you want to forcibly delete, select the confirmation box, and choose Force delete now.

    Note

    You cannot undo the force delete operation.

You can also use the DeleteFileShare API operation to forcibly delete the file share.