The following table lists the retention policies of RDS instances and data when a Subscription instance expires or when the payment of a Pay-As-You-Go instance is overdue.

Billing method Retention policies of instance and data
Subscription

When the instance expires for 15 days, it is locked. After the instance is locked for 15 days, it is released, and all the data stored in the instance is deleted and cannot be recovered.

Pay-As-You-Go
  • If you exceed the credit limit of your credit card to which your Alibaba Cloud account is bound, all the instances under this account will be in the status of overdue payment.

  • When the payment of the instance is overdue, the instance will continuously run for 15 days and then be locked. After the instance is locked for 15 days and is still in the status of overdue payment, it will be released and all the data stored in the instance will also be deleted and cannot be recovered.

Note
When the RDS instance is locked, the application cannot access the instance and you cannot do any operation to the instance either. We recommend that you renew your Subscription instance in time and make sure not to exceed your credit limit to avoid the effects on your business.