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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This is a use case that some of the customers at SnapShooter use to get their droplet data within there own control.


https://min.io/ 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.


CEO SnapShooter

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,

by Paul White
Luckily there is a way to mount your VPS file system to your local computer so you can make changes on the fly and treat your droplet as local storage.
  • This doesn’t appear to work; sshfs attaches to a filesystem, but dd needs a block device (which is what we’re trying to copy; the first answer, with rsync, works fine for copying file structures).

    Trying to follow the dd instructions gives this error: “dd: error reading ’/mnt/droplet’: Is a directory”