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Does anybody know why this might happen?

me@ip-10-176-234-62:/$ ec2-describe-volumes
VOLUME  vol-994ec1fd    8   snap-2971f04d   us-west-1a  in-use  2012-05-14T18:57:01+0000
ATTACHMENT  vol-994ec1fd    i-a49a2ae2  /dev/sda1   attached    2012-08-31T18:39:18+0000

me@ip-10-176-234-62:/$ ec2-consistent-snapshot vol-994ec1fd --aws-access-key-id xxxx --aws-secret-access-key xxxxx
    ec2-consistent-snapshot: ERROR: The volume 'vol-994ec1fd' does not exist.
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Any chance that ec2-consistent-snapshot is using a different credential pair without access to that volume? – ceejayoz Sep 3 '12 at 18:14
Yep, the volume either is in a different region or belongs to a different account. – Eric Hammond Sep 4 '12 at 2:23
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try to specify the region on the command-line, e.g.:

--region us-west-1a
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This is was the issue: The default region is "us-east-1" so you need to explicitly state the region of your volume. Needed one small amendment, my region needed to be input as us-west-1 - thanks for the help. – mpaler Sep 4 '12 at 13:16

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