Create A Block Storage Volume

This article describes how to create a new Block Storage volume by using the SpinUp Control Panel.


You need an active SpinUp account to follow this guide.

Step 1: Create a volume

You can bring up the creation dialog for a Block Storage volume by using the following methods:

In the top navigation bar, click Create and then select Block Storage.

Create a volume from the Create dropdown

Or on the Volumes list page, click Create a new volume at the top of the volumes list:

Create a volume from the Block Storage Volumes page

Step 2: Enter volume details

In the Create volume dialog box, enter the following details:

  • Name: Choose a name for your volume that is easy for you remember. You can also use the default name.
  • Description: A description is optional, but we recommend a brief description of the volume’s purpose to help track and organize the various pieces of your deployment.
  • Region: Select the region that matches the server to which you want to attach the volume.
Volume creation screen

Step 3: Choose type and size

Next, choose the type and size of the Block Storage volume.

SSD utilizes tiny memory cells to store information. This system requires no moving parts, so read and write speeds are much higher on SSD-backed drives compared to HDD. HDD, or Hard Disk Drive, is a traditional platter-style drive with data encoded on to a magnetic film on a rotating disk.

SSD is best for disk-intensive workloads, or where read-write latency is a concern. This maximizes performance for anything needing to interact with the drive. HDD is preferable for deep storage and workloads where access time is not a concern, or for more budget-conscious deployments.

You can choose the volume size from the presets available, or you can create a volume of any size between 100 and 1000 GB by selecting Custom on the left side and entering the size that you want in gigabytes.

Step 4: Review and confirm creation

After you select the size and type of volume, review and confirm your settings. The review section displays the selected attributes for your volume along with the monthly cost. If everything looks right, click SPINUP VOLUME. After the volume status changes from creating to available, you can attach it to any server in the same project.

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