Delete droplet via API WITHOUT scrubbing?

  • Posted August 28, 2014

Is there any way to delete a node with an API call that skips data scrubbing? I fire off DO instances constantly to do minor testing here and there, and there’s never any data on the instance that needs secure scrubbing when the instance is destroyed.

So is there some way to make a DELETE call that has the same effect as unchecking the “Scrub Data” option when you delete in the web UI?


Not currently. You can request for this feature through the GItHub repository:

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We’ve decided to remove that option from version 2 of the API. Based on the feedback we received on the old API, it was decided to simply default to the most secure behavior.

You can see the documentation for the delete call here:

As you can see, there is no documented option to not scrub the disk, probably because there’s no point in having such an option.