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How to add additional storage volumes to an existing VM instance?

You can add an additional storage volumes to an existing virtual machine (VM) instance:
1. Log in to Safe Swiss Cloud VDC control panel.
2. In the left navigation bar, click Storage:
3. Create a new volume by clicking the button  "Add" (to view an existing volume, choose Volumes in Select View)
4. Provide the following details, and click OK:
- Name. Give the volume a unique name so you can find it later.
- Availability Zone. Where do you want the storage to reside? This should be close to the VM that will use the volume.
- Disk Offering. Select  a desired Disk Offering from the list of available offerings.
You can select between different Disk size and two disk types (Silver and Gold).
- Silver type is the cloud equivalent of a hard disk with up to 500 IOPS.
- Gold type is the cloud equivalent of a hard disk with up to 1'000 IOPS.

The new volume appears in the list of volumes with the state “Allocated.” The volume data is stored in Safe Swiss Cloud, but the volume is not yet ready for use.
5. To start using the volume, continue to Attaching a Volume to an existing VM. Note! This VM has to be stopped before Attaching.
If the existing VM is not stopped, go to "Instances" in the left navigation bar, choose the VM and press Stop Instance icon:
6. Go to "Storage" in the left navigation bar, search the volume ("NewVolume" in our case), click on this volume ("NewVolume" in our case) and then click the Attach Disk button:
7. Select the necessary VM from the list of existing VMs and press OK:
The Volume is now attached to the VM and ready for use within the VM.
The process has to be completed by logging into the VM and configuring the newly attached storage volume in the operating system. 

Instructions for Linux

The newly attached volume will appear as a device called /dev/vdb or /dev/vdc etc. (instead of /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc etc.). For more information about how to partition, format and mount the device, please see

Instructions for Windows

For more information on how to use the newly attached volume, please see