How to Format an AWS EBS Volume Attached to an EC2 Windows Instance
The Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) offers persistent storage for the Amazon EC2 instances. We saw that an EBS volume can be attached to AWS Windows instance for vertical scalability.
The present guide demonstrates how to format an EBS volume attached to a Windows instance.
1. Create an EBS volume and attach it to Windows Instance.
2. Login to the Windows instance. Currently only one disk drive (C Drive) is available in the instance. The new device (volume), which is mounted, is still not available in the instance.
3. Go to the Control Panel -> Administrative Tools. Click on Computer Management.
4. Click “Disk Storage”. If Windows asks to initialize the disk, click on the “OK” button.
5. The new attached volume will be displayed as “Disk1”. It is still unallocated.
6. Right click on “Disk 1” and select “New Simple Volume”.
7. Windows will show the New Simple Volume Wizard. The user can select the default options or the options, such as the drive, and size as per requirement.
8. On completion of the above mentioned steps, the New Simple Volume Wizard will show the summary of all the steps for review. Click on the “Finish” button.
9. On completion of the above mentioned steps, the volume will be formatted.
10. The new volume will be available after formatting as “D Drive”.
11. The new device will now be available in the computer.
Keywords: Amazon Web Services, AWS, Amazon EBS, EBS Volume, AWS EC2, EC2 instances, Cloud Computing, AWS Console, Windows Instance