How to backup droplet/whole server to my own storage?

Hello, I’m aware that DO offer snapshots and backups. But are still stored by DO. I would also would like to be able to store my own backup.

What’s the best solution to backup my whole (ubuntu) droplet, for example save to my own NAS? Ideally it would be incremental as a snapshot. A solution that could restore the droplet.

Thanks for any advice.

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Hello friend!

Excellent question. While external backups cannot be as easily restored as our snapshots/backups, you should always keep copies of your data off site just in case.

Personally I would use rsync, and I have a guide for that:

There are easily hundreds of ways to go about this, if not more, but rsync is always a favorite of mine for it’s excessive simplicity. Honestly, a raspberry pi hooked up to an external drive sitting on a shelf in the house could do this for you. Set a cron job and let it do it’s thing :)

Kind Regards, Jarland

This is a use case that some of the customers at SnapShooter use to get their droplet data within there own control. Will allow you to host an S3 compatible storage container at on your own storage. You might find that your NAS will support it out the box. If you make this public-facing you are then free to use awscli or what we prefer rclone to copy your data locally.

At SnapShooter we enable just this setup for Server/Droplet File Backups We have a free plan for one backup daily or if you want help setting it up yourself just let me know.


Simon CEO SnapShooter

I often have the same questions, so I wrote an article explaining how DigitalOcean Backup service actually works, when to use it and why you should complement it with something else.

And you’re right, bottom line, you shouldn’t for any production app solely rely on Snapshots. Combining Snapshots with actual database & file backup is the way to go (not one or the other but well both).

For the Snapshot, you won’t have the option to store them outside of DigitalOcean. But when it comes to file or database backups, it’s up to you (depending on the solution you pick).