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Create and manage a Volume

A volume is a detachable block storage device, similar to a USB hard drive that you can attach to only one server.

When creating the volume, you will want to select the size of the volume you make, give it a name, and select the location. You can also choose whether or not this should be from an existing Snapshot image.

Note: To make full use of this article and create a volume, you must log in to the Hostwinds Client Area. Additionally, this article outlines essential processes in your Cloud Control portal. To access your Cloud Control portal, click on the Cloud Control dropdown on the top of the Client portal dashboard menu and click on the Cloud Portal link.

Start in the Cloud Control area. From here, move to the top menu, click on the Storage dropdown link and then click on the Volumes link to move to the Volumes page. Here you can edit your current volumes or create entirely new ones.

Volume Creation

From any page in the Cloud Control area, you can create a volume, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to create one while on the Volume page.

If you have not created any volumes, you can click the green Create Volume button in the center of the page. If you already have volumes created or happen to be on another page and need to do so, click the green Create dropdown button on the upper-right-side of the page and click the Volume link.

A pop-up prompt that appears will need the Size, Name, and Location of the volume. You can create a volume from an image you have created earlier by clicking the From Image checkbox. Once you've configured your volume click the blue Add Volume button.

Note: Keep in mind that you can't decrease the size of your volume once it is made, but you can increase the size at your discretion.

You can change the name of the volume later at your discretion if you want.

Volume Table Overview

Your volumes page will show the following information:

  • Name The name you have assigned the volume. Clicking on the name of the volume will allow you to rename the volume.
  • ClicStatus: The present status of the volume. Available means the volume is unattached and available for use where in-use shows if the volume is attached.
  • Server: The server to which the volume is attached.
  • Device: The device the volume is attached to (i.e.,/dev/sdb, d: drive).
  • Size: The volume's disk size. Note: You cannot decrease the size of your volume once it is made.
  • Created: The date and time you made the volume.

In addition to the information above, each row will show an Actions dropdown link from which you can accomplish the following:

  1. Attach the volume to a server.
  2. Upload the volume to an image on a server.

If the volume is already attached to a server, you can detach the volume from the server.