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I'm looking for an answer regarding the best method to backup large spanned or striped volumes for windows EBS backed instances. Best as defined by fast, low cost, and using the existing AWS environment without any ad-ons if possible.

Scenario: Windows Server with several 1TB EBS Volumes attached needs a backup plan.

Tried: Using CloudBerry Backup to backup to S3.
Verdict: Possible but quite slow and first backup will take large amount of time.

Tried: AWS support to devise a snapshot based plan. Verdict: Support indicated that they could not get the instance to recognize the volumes as spanned in the case of a restore. Though perhaps windows experts will know more about if this is possible.

Other ideas: AMI? Backup Server in other Availability Region?

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closed as not constructive by Michael Hampton, Scott Pack, mgorven, kce, mdpc Feb 12 '13 at 0:16

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Backup of terabytes of anything is going to be slow, at least for a full backup. –  Michael Hampton Feb 11 '13 at 15:50
Yes Michael, but for example with Snapshots its overnight slow... vs. a month slow at 5-20 megabytes per second posting to S3. It would be great if there was a method to somehow re-build a spanned volume from volumes created from snapshots. –  user8024 Feb 11 '13 at 16:14
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