ImportVolume - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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Creates an import volume task using metadata from the specified disk image.

This API action supports only single-volume VMs. To import multi-volume VMs, use ImportImage instead. To import a disk to a snapshot, use ImportSnapshot instead.

This API action is not supported by the Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI). For information about using the Amazon EC2 CLI, which is deprecated, see Importing Disks to Amazon EBS in the Amazon EC2 CLI Reference PDF file.

For information about the import manifest referenced by this API action, see VM Import Manifest.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.


The Availability Zone for the resulting EBS volume.

Type: String

Required: Yes


A description of the volume.

Type: String

Required: No


Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The disk image.

Type: DiskImageDetail object

Required: Yes


The volume size.

Type: VolumeDetail object

Required: Yes

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


Information about the conversion task.

Type: ConversionTask object


The ID of the request.

Type: String


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common client error codes.



This example creates an import volume task that migrates a Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32-bit) volume into the us-east-1 Region.

Sample Request &AvailabilityZone=us-east-1c &Image.Format=VMDK &Image.Bytes=128696320 &Image.ImportManifestUrl=​a3a5e1b6-590d-43cc-97c1-15c7325d3f41/​Win_2008_Server_Data_Center_SP2_32-bit.​vmdkmanifest.xml?AWSAccessKeyId=​AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE&​Expires=1294855591&​Signature=5snej01TlTtL0uR7KExtEXAMPLE%3D &Volume.Size=8 &AUTHPARAMS>

Sample Response

<ImportVolumeResponse xmlns=""> <conversionTask> <conversionTaskId>import-i-fh95npoc</conversionTaskId> <expirationTime>2010-12-22T12:01Z</expirationTime> <importVolume> <bytesConverted>0</bytesConverted> <availabilityZone>us-east-1c</availabilityZone> <description/> <image> <format>VDMK</format> <size>128696320</size> <importManifestUrl>​a3a5e1b6-590d-43cc-97c1-15c7325d3f41/​Win_2008_Server_Data_Center_SP2_32-bit.​vmdkmanifest.xml?AWSAccessKeyId=​AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE&​Expires=1294855591&​Signature=5snej01TlTtL0uR7KExtEXAMPLE%3D </importManifestUrl> <checksum>ccb1b0536a4a70e86016b85229b5c6b10b14a4eb</checksum> </image> <volume> <size>8</size> <id>vol-1234567890abcdef0</id> </volume> </importVolume> <state>active</state> <statusMessage/> </conversionTask> </ImportVolumeResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific Amazon SDKs, see the following: