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I would like to backup offline a Windows EC2 EBS Volume, i.e. on my computer and not in the cloud. Note I can stop the instance and detach the EBS volume if needed.
Is it at all possible with Amazon's toolset, and if not, how would you go about doing it?

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Amazon's Storage Gateway system may be able to help. There is an AMI which you can launch on your account, attach the EBS drive (or a snapshot of it) to the instance, and you will be able to replicate the disk's contents on your local network via a Virtual Machine (VMware iirc).

Storage Gateway also works the other way around, that is -- replicating your data locally up on S3, fully snapshottable and accessible from your EC2 instances without having to re-download the entire snapshot.

The downside, whichever way you manage to do this, is that you still need to have available the bandwidth locally to copy the entire disk's contents.

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  • Could you elaborate\link on "replicate the disk's contents on your local network via a VM". I'm not sure what you mean...
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 8:59
  • From aws.amazon.com/storagegateway/faqs -- "Q. How do I restore a snapshot to a gateway volume?"
    – dannosaur
    Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 10:04

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