Deleting a Volume

You can delete a volume that is no longer needed.


  • You cannot undo this operation. Any data on a volume will be permanently deleted once the volume is deleted.
  • All policy-based backups will eventually expire, so if you want to keep a volume backup indefinitely, you need to create a manual backup. See Overview of Block Volume Backups for information about policy-based and manual backups.

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should 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. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Block Storage and click Block Volumes.
  2. In the Block Volumes list, find the volume you want to delete.
  3. Click Terminate next to the volume you want to delete and confirm the selection when prompted.