Archive AMI snapshots - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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Archive AMI snapshots

You can archive the snapshots that are associated with your disabled EBS-backed AMIs. This can help you to reduce the storage costs associated with your rarely-used AMIs that need to be retained for long periods. For more information, see Archive Amazon EBS snapshots in the Amazon EBS User Guide.

To archive snapshots associated with an AMI
  1. Disable the AMI.

  2. Archive the snapshots.

You can't use an AMI while it is disabled and its associated snapshots are archived.

To restore a disabled AMI with archived snapshots for use
  1. Restore the archived snapshots associated with the AMI.

  2. Enable the AMI.