How to Create Snapshot on Amazon Web Service(AWS).

Snapshots are incremental backups, which means that only the blocks on the device that have changed after your most recent snapshot are saved. This minimizes the time required to create the snapshot and saves on storage costs by not duplicating data.

Each snapshot contains all of the information that is needed to restore your data (from the moment when the snapshot was taken) to a new EBS volume.


  • Login to aws portal.
  • Click on Services.


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  • Under compute, Click on EC2.


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  • Click on Snapshots.


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  • Click on Create Snapshot.


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  • We can Create Snapshot by using Two Resource type.
  • When Select Volume.
  • Select  Existing Volume of instance.
  • Click on Add Tag.


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  • When Select Instance.
  • Then Provide Existing Instance ID.
  • Click on Add Tags.


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  • Provide the key name & value for snapshot.
  • Click on Create Snapshot.


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  • After sometime Snapshot is Ready then go to snapshot console page.


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  • Snapshot is there with the name we provide.


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Create Snapshot using AWS-CLI

        aws ec2 create-snapshot –volume-id volume_id –description “example”


      aws ec2 create-snapshots –instance-specification InstanceId=instance_id –description “example”


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