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I also want to download snapshot my production droplet and use that to set up my local system. I don't think currently there is any way to do this. If you find anyway to do this. Please reply on this comment.
I am interested in that too
I also have that need. Looking forward to an answer if there is one!
I my case it is also in order to save money - if I have a droplet that I am not using for a while, I could download it and delete the one in the cloud. When I resume using it later, I can upload it again. That would save me the cost of having an idle droplet in the cloud.
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If your intent is to backup a remote computer's HDD A via SSH to a single file that's on your local computer's HDD, you could do one of the following...
run from local computer
$ ssh user@remote "dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 -" | dd of=image.gz