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I am new to this. I made an instance and I installed some things on it (git, heroku), and after my assignment was done I terminated it. One day later I log in, and that instance is gone. Do I have to create another one and install same things on it again and again after each time I terminate it?

PPS. Before checking on my previous instance, i created another one, and only that shows up, not my old instance. I am using the free tier.

  • Upvoted because I don't know why this was down voted... – random65537 Jul 7 '14 at 16:57
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Yes, instances are permanently deleted after termination.

If you want to keep the server around, assuming you're using EBS root instances, you can stop it, which will not delete the server. Then you can start it again when needed.

  • will I be billed for just stopping an instance? – Muhibur Rahim Jun 26 '14 at 14:51
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    You will not be billed for running an instance, but you will be billed for the EBS storage. – EEAA Jun 26 '14 at 14:55
  • is vagrant better than aws? – Muhibur Rahim Jun 26 '14 at 15:11
  • is vagrant + virtualbox better than aws? – Muhibur Rahim Jun 26 '14 at 15:18
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    @MuhiburRahim Define "better". They're good for different things. – ceejayoz Jun 26 '14 at 15:24
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You can create an ami of the instance. So later you can create an instance using this ami from the point where it been taken for ami

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