Attaching a Volume to an Existing Amazon EC2 Instance

From an Amazon EC2 instance backup, you can restore an instance volume and attach it to an existing instance.

Before You Begin

If a passkey is configured for restores, you must have the passkey.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.

    The hypervisor page appears.

  3. On the VM groups tab, in the row for the VM group, click the action button action_button , and then click Restore.

    The Select restore type page appears.

  4. To restore from a specific copy of backup data, in the upper-right corner of the page, click Settings, and then from the Source list, select the copy.

    If you leave select Automatic selected, the restore operation searches for the requested data in the primary copy, and automatically selects a different copy if the data is not found in the primary copy.

  5. Select Attach volume.

    The Restore page appears.

  6. Expand the tree on the left and select the objects to be restored on the right. Select an item or click on an entry in the Name column to browse within an item. For hierarchical data such as files, folders, and volumes, you can click an entry in the path listing above the right pane to return to a higher level of the hierarchy.

    In the top right corner of the page, a "Showing" message indicates what backup data is being displayed. You can click the down arrow beside this message and select any of the following options:

    • Show latest backups: Only display data for the most recent backups.

    • Show backups as of a specific date: Only display data up to the date you specify.

    • Show backups for a date range: Only display data within the data range you specify.

  7. Click Restore.

    The Restore options dialog box appears.

  8. To restore to an instance on a different hypervisor, select the hypervisor name from the Virtualization client list.

  9. To use a different proxy, select the proxy from the Proxy client list.

    By default, the instance volume is restored using the same proxy as the backup.

  10. To delete an existing volume and replace it with the restored volume, select Overwrite if it already exists.

  11. For each volume you are restoring, specify the following:

    • To enter a new volume name, enter the name in the Change volume name to box.

      If a volume name was not specified for a volume under the source instance, the volume ID for the source volume is displayed for the volume, and the volume ID is used to name the restored volume unless you enter a different value in the Change volume name to box for the volume.

    • For Restore to existing instance, select the instance to attach the restored volume to.

  12. Click Submit.