Deleting a Boot Volume

When you terminate an instance, you choose to delete or preserve the associated boot volume. For more information, see Terminating an Instance. You can also delete a boot volume if it has been detached from the associated instance. See Detaching a Boot Volume for how to detach a boot volume.


You cannot undo this operation. Any data on a volume will be permanently deleted once the volume is deleted. You will also not be able to restart the associated instance.

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be granted security access in a policy  by an administrator. This access is required whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, verify with your administrator what type of access you have and which compartment  to work in.

For administrators: The policy in Let volume admins manage block volumes, backups, and volume groups lets the specified group do everything with block volumes and backups.

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. For reference material about writing policies for instances, cloud networks, or other Core Services API resources, see Details for the Core Services.

Using the Console

  1. Open the navigation menu and click Storage. Under Block Storage, click Block Volumes. In the Block Storage menu on the sidebar, click Boot Volumes.
  2. Choose your Compartment.

  3. In the Boot Volumes list, find the volume you want to delete.

  4. Click the Actions menu (Actions Menu) for the boot volume.
  5. Click Terminate and confirm the selection when prompted.