How long does snapshot takes to create ?

Posted September 15, 2014 35k views

It seems its taking well over 45 mins, still the snapshot is getting created.. Its bit too longer for a production environment to stay offline..

How long does it take to create a snapshot ??

1GB droplet having around 12% of used disc ??

Server is offline for well over 45 mins as the snapshot keeps showing processing !!!

I dont even see any option to cancel the process and start the server :( any one knows how to stop the snapshot creation process so that the server can be taken back online ??

  • It’s 2017, bro!
    Can digital ocean show any progress?

  • 2018 checking in. snapshots are still unbearably slow, and yep, the notification just stays at 50% the whole time. i’ve waited over an hour for a 6GB snapshot. that’s considerably slower than usb2. what the hell??? if someone can theoretically take 18 year old technology and transfer data faster, then what the hell are we paying for? this is absurd, to the max.

  • February 2020, NYC3, 16.48 GB about 20 minutes.
    Longer than I expected, but also more data than I had before.
    My last snapshot was 10GB. Not sure how long it took, just seemed faster.

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FYI - 20GB in AMS1 took 9mins

Before taking snapshots, I’d recommend getting rid of as much rubbish as possible, just due to how ridiculous the waiting times can be. Not only is your server down, money is being taken out of your pocket too. But yeah, fairly normal for it to sometimes take ages, particularly at peak times.

Same in 2016… It’s still really slow…

I started looking for this answer after I started taking a snapshot which is a shame. 100g android build environment SGP1. 45 min so far. Cancel would be a really useful option.

This is worrying, I started a snapshot of a 2.5TB drive. I guess I should come back here in a week…

It sounds like something is stuck. The control panel may be out of sync as well. If you have logged out of the control panel and logged in with no change, it is time to submit a support ticket.

  • I too thought that and created a support ticket, but few mins later I found the job done notification and it seems Nothing was stuck..

    System just took 55 mins to create a snapshot of 3.6GB of data !!!

    DO guys seriously needs to look into it as its far to longer to sustain the down time :( for production servers !!

  • This is good to know, I have a snapshot of about 9GB going and I was getting worried since the progress bar never moves. I even opened a ticket. I’ll just let it run its course I guess.

  • For test setup, time wont be a factor but when taking snapshot of production servers, these time frames are huge !!

    If 3.6 GB takes 1 hr, then larger droplets will take a lot of time, and 2/3 hrs of down time for a production website is quite a lot :(

  • They don’t usually take that long. My snapshots (filling about 23% of a 512 MB droplet’s disk space - whatever that amounts to) take at most a few minutes to complete.

Same thing. It’s down for 15 minutes already and still spinning.
They should have an option to cancel the process.
It’s not the first time this happens to me.

21G in LON1 took 50 minutes!

Same in 2015, didn’t know the snapshot is going to take so much time.

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