The Volumes Management is located under the Storage menu within your Cloud Portal area. A volume is a detachable block storage device, similar to a USB hard drive that you can attach to only one instance. Use the Volumes management area in the Cloud Portal to create and manage your volumes with Hostwinds.
Create Your Volume
To Create A Volume you’ll need to click the Create button in the upper right side of the page and select Volume from the list of options.
Volumes are units of storage that you can attach to an instance to increase its space. When creatingname the volume and select the size of the volume you’re creating, give it a name, select the location and choose whether or not this should be from an existing Snapshot image.
Volumes are able to be created in 10GB increments from 10GB to 500GB. 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 so you can increase the size if you need to.
You can name the volume anything you like and you can change it later if you want.
Once you’ve selected the size and have chosen a name for your volume, press the Add Volume button to have the volume created.
You’ll then be provided a confirmation message that the Volume has been added.
The volume will now be displayed in the Volumes management panel.
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
- Device: The device the volume is attached to (ie: /dev/sdb, d: drive)
- Size: The volume’s disk size
- Created: The date and time the volume was created on
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:
Once chosen, you’ll be be prompted with the following confirmation message once the volume’s size has been extended:
Volume Management Controls
You can find the volume’s management controls in the Actions dropdown menu next to each volume.
The Attach Volume button allows the volume to be attached to another instance. By pressing the Attach Volume 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.
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.
Upload Volume Image
If you would like to upload a Volume and take a Snapshot, you can use the Actions button and select Upload to Image
This will ask for the Image name for your Image and you can press Confirm to begin creating this Image.
This gives you lots of flexibility with your Volume, and the image will be made available in your Snapshot Images, when creating a new Volume as shown above to save your time and effort.
In the Volume’s Actions on the right side, you can choose to Delete any of your Volumes at any time.
Pressing the delete volume underneath the Actions dropdown for the volume selected will prompt you to delete the volume.
You’ll be prompted with a confirmation request to delete the volume.
Pressing Confirm will delete the volume.