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I have an EC2 instance that just went offline (cannot even be pinged) but is still reflected as operational. In an effort to retrieve data stored on an attached EBS, I did a forced detach of the mounted volume, launched a new instance, and tried attaching the EBS volume.

However, I keep getting an error -

mount: Stale NFS file handle

whenever I do so. Did I just lose all my files?

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There might be some long running process that is stopping your instance from shutting down; is there anything useful in the console output ?

If all else fails, you should still be able to make a snapshot of your EBS volume and then create a new EBS volume out of that.

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