Volume How-Tos

Volumes are network-based block devices that provide additional data storage for Droplets. You can move them between Droplets, create disk images of them, and resize them at any time.

Getting Started

Create a new volume from the control panel, format it to create its filesystem, then attach and mount it to a Droplet to use it.
Move volumes between Droplets in the same region, or use snapshots to move volumes to Droplets in different regions.
Scale up the amount of storage space available on a volume.

Volume Management

Mount a formatted volume to make its filesystem accessible to the Droplet it’s attached to.
Unmount volumes before resizing or detaching them to protect data integrity.
Detach a volume to remove it from its current Droplet, which lets you reattach it to a different Droplet.
Delete a volume to permanently and irreversibly destroy the volume and its contents.

Volume Partition Management

Partition volumes to divide a single storage device into smaller units that you can manage independently.
After you resize a partitioned volume to increase its available amount of disk, rewrite the partition table and expand the filesystem to use the new space.