AWS elastic volumes changed the way of using volumes in ec2 instances. You can now modify the volume’s volume size, performance, or volume type while the volume is in use. Your application will continue to function normally while the change takes effect.
With a simple API call, you can instantly make changes to your storage infrastructure, eliminating or simplifying many of your planning, tuning, and space management duties. Instead of a traditional provisioning process that takes weeks or months, you can now make instantaneous changes to your storage infrastructure.
This tutorial will help you to resize the root partition of the ec2 Linux instance without any downtime for your application. The same steps will also helpful to increase other partitions (non root) of the system.
Resize EBS Volumes in EC2 Linux Instances
The AWS elastic volumes allow online resizing of the volumes without any downtime of your applications. This is very useful for production applications. Here is the step-by-step tutorial to resize the EBS volume on the EC2 instance and grow the partition size.
- I have a running ec2 instance with Ubuntu Linux. Login to the EC2 dashboard in the AWS account and identify your instance.
- That was initially launched with 12 GB of EBS volume attached to the EC2 instance. As the application data size grows now, we need to increase the disk space.
- Check the size of the EBS volume partition attached to the root file system.
- Go to the EC2 dashboard and right-click on the EBS volume attached to your instance. Click Modify Volume:
- A dialog box will appear in the browser.Set a new size for your EBS volume and click Modify
- The volume will now begin the resize and optimization process, which you can see on the console. This will take a couple of minutes to complete ebs resize process. You will see a message in the volume state column:
- Wait until the volume state column change to “in-use” with green color.
- Login to your instance and type “lsblk” command to view attached volumes and disk partitions. You may find that the volume size is increased but the partition mounted on the root (/) file system is still the same.
- Use the “growpart” command to resize the root partition up to the free available volume. This command takes two parameters, first if the volume name, and second is the partition number.
Now you can see the partition size is also increased with the “lsblk” command.
Now, you need to resize the partition manually from the command line. Before this, identify the type of filesystem on that partition with the following command:
- Finally, resize the partition based on the filesystem. In my case, the partition was formatted with Ext4. So I used the “resize2fs” command to resize it.
If the partition is formatted with the XFS file system, then use “xfs_growfs -d /” command to perform this operation.
- All done!
The new AWS elastic volumes allow online resizing, which is very helpful for production environments. You can quickly increase the disk size of your instances without any downtime. In this tutorial, you have learned about resizing ebs volume on ec2 Linux instances.
In this guide, we have provides you steps to quickly resize the volume on an EC2 Linux instance.
after doing this could we save data?
Never save after making the changes in the disk partition. Just Quit without saving and perform a reboot. After that, log in and you can see the root volume size has increased.
Excellent! thank you very much for this step by step guide!
After delete the partition I can’t boot anymore…grub shows up
After delete the partition I can’t boot enaymore…grub shows up
wow and gud job plz update in future this type of cmd
This is great info, much easier than detaching, reattaching to a different instance to resize it, etc, etc.
It’s just what is needed for resizing a CentOS instance that was launched with a bigger-than-default size boot volume. Thank you so much for posting this!
This is really helpful. Thank you very much.
You saved my lot of time.
It will be great if you explain how you achieved this.