Create A Block Storage Volume

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


This article assumes you have a valid SpinUp account, and are logged in to the control panel.

Step 1: Create a volume

The first step is to bring up the creation dialog for a Block Storage volume. There are two ways to do this:

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

Create Menu Selection

On the Volume list page, click Create a new volume.

Create Volume 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.
Name and Description

Step 3: Choose type and size

The next step is to choose the type and size of the Block Storage volume.

The choices for type are SSD and HDD. SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and utilizes tiny memory cells to store information. This system requires no moving parts and thus read and write speeds are much higher on SSD backed drives compared to HDD. HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive, and is a traditional platter style drive with data encoded onto a magnetic film on a rotating disk.

What this means is that for disk intensive workloads, or where latency is a concern, SSD should be chosen. This maximizes performance for anything needing to interact with the drive. For deep storage, workloads where access time is not a concern, or budget conscious deploys, HDD may be a better choice.

For size, there are a few presets available, or you can choose any size between 100-1000 GB by selecting Custom on the left side, and entering the size that you want.

Size and Type

Step 4: Review and confirm creation

After you select the size and type of volume, the final step is to review and confirm your settings. The review section shows the region, size, type, and name of your volume along with the monthly cost. If everything appears to be in order, click SPINUP VOLUME. After the volume is ready, you can attach it to a server.

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