Fresh install and keep droplet snapshot on Old Ubunt 14


I have a droplet with an old version of Ubuntu: Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS as web server LAMP.

I tried a do-release-upgrade but it didn’t work so I had to restore a snaphost.

I would like to make a fresh install of Ubuntu 18 LTS but keep my snapshot in case I can’t reinstall it or I have troubles to restore mysql databases.

How to make a fresh install of the last LTS Ubuntu and keep my snapshot ?

Thanks, Vincent.


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Thank you for your answer.

There is a phrase I don’t understand in the Destroy Tab / Rebuild droplet:

If you select an image with a different operating system than this Droplet, you can break your configuration. Proceed with caution.

I want to make a clean install and I don’t want to keep any of my configuration files. So why this warning message?

First I have to destroy the droplet for a clean install?


Hopefully you’ve worked out how to do this but just in case, snapshots are images you can create or restore droplets from - if you’ve created a snapshot, you should be able to later create a new droplet from that snapshot if necessary.

Here are a couple of DO guides on using snapshots:

There are some other related articles in the same section, eg, how to transfer snapshots to different regions or migrating a droplet, eg,

Hope this helps - let us know how it goes!