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Snapshots Support Articles
Generated on 30 Nov 2023
How do I implement daily Droplet backups?
You cannot change the frequency of Droplet backups, but you can use SnapShooter or the API to create daily snapshots of your Droplets.
Can I undo restoring a Droplet from a backup?
You cannot undo restoring a Droplet from a backup, but you can use an existing snapshot to restore a Droplet to a previous point in time.
How do I migrate my Droplet to another datacenter region?
Take a snapshot of your Droplet and then create new Droplet from the snapsnot in the new datacenter.
Why can't I create a Droplet from a snapshot?
You cannot create Droplets in certain datacenters due to limited capacity. If you have snapshots in a limited capacity datacenter, transfer them to another datacenter to create Droplets from them.
Can I downsize a Droplet using a snapshot?
You cannot downsize a Droplet from a snapshot. Data is not always stored sequentially in memory, so reducing the size of a disk can result in data loss or corruption.
Why is my snapshot's size different from reported disk usage?
Snapshots of Droplets are a best estimate based on the disk usage. Snapshots of volumes operate at the block storage level, so the snapshot size may not match what the filesystem reports.
When trying to restore a snapshot I get a the resource you were accessing could not be found error
Create a new Droplet from your snapshot image.
How do I clone or make a copy of a Droplet?
Create a snapshot of the Droplet, then create a new Droplet from that snapshot.
Snapshot transfers to other users are temporarily unavailable for some new accounts
As a temporary workaround, new DigitalOcean users who begin with team account can transfer snapshots to other users via teams instead of directly via email address.
How do I recover a deleted Droplet?
You can recover your Droplet if you have taken a snapshot of the Droplet or signed up for automated backups.
Do snapshots retain the IP address of the Droplet they were created from?
Snapshots do not retain the IP address of the Droplet they were created from, but you can use reserved IPs to assign the same address to new or redeployed Droplets.
How can I destroy my Droplets while maintaining my backups?
Destroying a Droplet destroys the backups along with it. You’ll want to preserve your backups first.
Can I download a backup or snapshot?
You cannot currently download DigitalOcean backups or snapshots, but you can use third-party tools to save your data locally.
How do I manually back up my Droplet?
You can manually back up a Droplet using DigitalOcean snapshots or backups or, alternatively, using a third-party tool like rsync or SFTP.
How do I transfer a Droplet to another user?
You can transfer snapshots of Droplets to other users, who can then recreate the Droplet on their account from the snapshot.
How long will my backup or snapshot take to complete?
Creating a backup or snapshot takes roughly 2 minutes per GB of used space.
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