Mounting an EBS Volume on a Linux EC2 Instance in AWS

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In this article,we will see Mounting an EBS Volume on a Linux EC2 Instance.

Implementation Steps

  1. View your existing Instance.
  2. Connect to Linux EC2 Instance through putty.
  3. Mount an EBS Volume to your Linux EC2 Instance.

First, we need to AWS Console page by using below link.

Click on sign in to Console button.

Logging to aws account

Login using username & password and click on sign in.

Enter to AWS Management Console

We can see the AWS Management Console Dashboard.

Go to Services, under the compute module click EC2 service to open.

I have already launched Instance.

View your existing Instance

We can see Linux Server “My Linux” which was created earlier.

Verify volumes of your Linux EC2 Instance.

Go volumes,we can see two volumes attached to Linux EC2 Instance.

The first one is root volume and second one is EBS volume.


If you want to store the files inside the EBS volume, you need to mount EBS volume to your Linux EC2 Instance.Manually.

Connect to Linux EC2 Instance through putty

Mount an EBS Volume to your Linux EC2 Instance.

Switch to root user

Verify Available disks in your Linux Server

Verify the volume has any data by using the following command.

Format the volume to ext4 filesystem

Create a directory to mount our new ext4 volume (use any directory name you like)

Make Directory

Mount the volume to “ktexperts” directory

Verify the disk space in your Linux Server

Go to Mount Directory and verify files.

Make Files and Directories inside mount directory

EBS Automount on Reboot

By default on every reboot the  EBS volumes other than root volume will get unmounted.

To enable automount, you need to make an entry in the /etc/fstab file

Execute the following command to check id the fstab file has any error


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Note: Please test scripts in Non Prod before trying in Production.
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