EC2 instance scheduled for retirement

Amazon EC2 instances have to be retired sometimes due hardware troubles. Amazon schedules these "retirements".

Easy way:
I read somewhere that simply stopping/restarting instance will move it to new hardware. So it wont be scheduled to retirement after that.

Another way is to clone instance including its data. So you can create copies of that server setup as many as you want.

Steps to do to clone instance:
1. Login to your management console.
2. Go to instances, select instance you want to save, and choose "Create Image" from actions.
3. After the image (AMI) is created, you will see it under the AMIs-tab. 
4. Select created AMI and choose action: launch
5. Choose instance settings ...and your done.