Block Storage Quickstart


This article shows you how to create, attach, format, and use a Block Storage volume without in-depth detail about the process. Additional articles are available for more detailed explanations.

Prerequisites

You’ll need to already have created a SpinUp account. If you haven’t created one yet, you can register for an account via our sign-up page.

Create and attach a new volume

Before starting, log in to the Control Panel and confirm the name and region of the server to which you plan to attach the volume. Volumes can be attached only to servers in the same region.

Perform the following steps to attach a volume to your server:

  1. Click Block Storage Volumes on the side navigation bar of the Control Panel.

  2. On the Block Storage page, click CREATE VOLUME.

  3. Type in a name for the new volume.

  4. (Optional) Enter a description of the volume, such as how you plan to use it.

  5. Select the region. You can attach volumes only to servers in the same region.

  6. Select one the listed volume types, select the server size that you want, and click SPINUP VOLUME.

  • SSD: This is an SSD drive that offers a higher performance option.

  • HDD: This is a standard SATA drive for users who need slower or archival speed storage on their Cloud Server.

Note
Performance gains from SSD are in some cases limited by network speed.
Volume Limitations
Volumes have the following limitations: 1000 GB (1 TB) size per volume, 14 volumes per server, and 10 TB of HDD and 10 TB of SSD per region.

The status of the volume will be displayed. The larger the volume, the longer it takes to create the volume.

How do I know when the volume has been created?

When your volume is created, a green available icon displays as the Status on Block Storage Volume Details.

View Block Storage Volumes page

The Block Storage Volumes page lists the volumes which have been created and basic information concerning the Block Storage volumes. Actions for the block storage volumes can be initiated by click on the gear icon under the Actions column.

View the Block Storage volume details for each volume

The Volume Details page displays information about a specific volume. Here you can see the volume’s status, what server it is attached to, and the size, region, and type.

Attach the volume to a server

You can only attach a volume to a server in the same region.

  1. Click the name of the volume you want to attach to a server.

  2. Click ATTACH.

  3. Click the dropdown arrow next to Available Cloud Servers to display a list.

  4. Click an available Cloud Server in the list to select it.

  5. Click ATTACH.

  6. The status changes to attaching. Upon completion, the status changes to attached.

Detach a volume from a server

Detaching a Block Storage volume removes it from the server. You can attach the volume to a different server, maintain the volume in an unattached state, or delete it.

To detach a Block Storage volume, perform the following steps:

  1. Unmount the volume from the server. If you need to, refer to the accessing article, for those steps.

  2. Click the Block Storage Volumes link on the left hand side of the Control Panel.

  3. Click the name of the Block Storage volume you want to detach.

  4. Click DETACH.

  5. Click DETACH again to confirm.

  6. The status changes to detaching and then to available after the Block Storage volume has been successfully detached from the server.

Edit the name and description of the Block Storage volume

The Edit action enables you to change the name of the volume and update the description for the volume.

  1. Click Block Storage Volumes on the side navigation bar of the Control Panel.

  2. For the Block Storage volume you want to edit, click the gear icon under Actions.

  3. Select Edit.

  4. Change the volume name, update the volume description, or modify both.

  5. Click SAVE.

Next steps

Now that you have a volume, Best Practices will help you get the knowledge you need to ensure your experience is as optimized as possible.

If you need to know how to perform a specific task, a list of those tasks is maintained in our How-To Articles section.


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