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I have a running instance of an Amazon AMI instance that I've installed Node.js, modules, various updates, etc., and I would like to save a new AMI created from this instance in its current state. The current instance qualifies for the free tier. How many AMI "backups" can I make, and will it continue to be free for me?

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closed as off topic by EEAA, Shane Madden, MDMarra, Greg Askew, Jeff Ferland Nov 28 '12 at 6:10

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Todd - if you have comments, post them as comments, not as part of your question. Additionally, if you want to discuss this further, open up a question over on meta.SF. – EEAA Nov 28 '12 at 20:43
"You should explain your rational for how this is not related!" Generally, billing questions are best dealt with by the people who are billing you. – ceejayoz Nov 28 '12 at 20:50
That is like saying, "generally technical questions are best dealt with by the people who's product you are consuming." Cute but not substantive. – Todd Hopkinson Nov 28 '12 at 21:50
Like it or not, that's the way SF tends to work. Billing questions get closed. – ceejayoz Nov 29 '12 at 18:18

Limitations on EC2 free tier usage are all spelled out for you here. The item that relates to your question are that free tier usage includes:

30 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 2 million I/Os and 1 GB of snapshot storage.

Since AMIs are more or less pointers to snapshots, it's unlikely that you'll have enough space to backup your machine without being charged for it.

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why did you comment and then vote to close this as off topic?! – Todd Hopkinson Nov 28 '12 at 20:38
@ToddHopkinson Would have you rather I not answered? 1) it was an easy answer, and I thought you'd appreciate having it. 2) Regardless of whether or not I knew the answer, it was still off-topic, so I voted as such. This happens all the time, where people VTC and then still answer. – EEAA Nov 28 '12 at 20:40
I do appreciate it which is why I up voted your comment. Thanks. – Todd Hopkinson Nov 28 '12 at 21:49

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