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I terminated an AWS EC2 instance because I incorrectly created it. I've read that this deletes an instance, but it keeps reinstantiating itself. How do I permanently and fully remove the EC2 instance as though it had never existed?

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If it's reinstantiating itself then you've probably got it in an auto-scaling group. Delete that auto-scaling group (or reduce the minimum instance count to zero).

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That was it! Thanks! – Dylan Knowles Aug 1 '14 at 20:35

It depends on how the instance was created in the first place.

If the instance was created with OpsWorks, then please see:

Otherwise, have a look please make sure that


is set to true. More documentation about this can be found at:

towards the bottom of the page.

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