Volume Management

The Volumes tab is located under the 3rd tab, titled Storage, within your Cloud Portal area.


Volume Drop Down Image


Creation of Volumes

To create a Volume you’ll need to name the volume and select the size of the volume you’re creating.

Showing where to add a Volume to Hostwinds Cloud Servers

Volumes are able to be created in 10GB increments. Keep in mind that you can’t decrease the size of your volume once it has been created, so ensure you create the smallest size you believe you’re going to need.

You can name the volume anything you like and you can change it later if you want.

Once you’ve selected the size and chose a name for your volume, press the Add Volume button to have the volume created.

Showing a confirmation box showing that a Volume has been added

You’ll then be provided a confirmation message that the Volume has been added.

The volume will now be displayed in the volume management panel.


Showing the Volume management area in Hostwinds Cloud Servers

The display will show the following information:


  • Name: The name the user has assigned the Volume
  • Status: The present status of the Volume, Available meaning that volume is capable of being used
  • Server: The server the volume is attached to
  • Size: The volume’s disk size
  • Device: The device the volume is attached to (ie: /dev/sdb, d: drive)
  • Created: The date and time the volume was created on


Volume Management Controls

You can find the volume’s management controls in the Actions dropdown menu next to each volume.

Showing how to attach a Volume to your Hostwinds Cloud Server

Attach Server


Showing where to confirm the server choice for attaching a Volume

The attach server button allows the volume to be attached to one of your instances.

By pressing the attach server button, a prompt will display requesting the instance that the volume is to be attached to. You’ll be given a dropdown list to select the instance based on the instance’s Friendly Name and IP address.

Once you select the instance, press confirm.

The volume status will change to attaching while the volume is being attached to the instance. Once it has attached, the status will change to in-use. However, you’ll need to refresh the page to view the status update.


Detach Server

Pressing the detach server button will let you remove the volume from the server it is presently attached to.

Before it does so, you’ll be prompted for the removal of the volume.

Pressing the confirm button will remove the volume from the server.


Increasing Volume Size

You can increase the size of your volume by pressing the Edit button to the right of the volume’s size.

You’ll be provided with a dropdown menu with the available size options in 10GB increments:
Showing where to choose the size of your Volume

Once chosen, you’ll be be prompted with the following confirmation message once the volume’s size has been extended:

Showing success message for extending a Volume size

Deleting Volumes

Showing where to delete Volumes on Hostwinds Cloud Servers

Pressing the delete volume underneath the Actions dropdown for the volume selected will prompt you to delete the volume.

Shows confirmation box for deleting a Volume

You’ll be prompted with a confirmation request to delete the volume.

Pressing confirm will delete the volume.


Attached Volume

The attached volume will display on the server as soon as the status changes to in-use. For Windows servers, the drive will need to be viewed and changed to online in the disk management settings.

Volumes can be attached to any of your instances, and is not limited to use on only one.


Please feel free to Open A Support Ticket with our technical support if you have a managed service as we will attach your volume, partitioned and mounted, on your server upon your request.


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