Is it possible to shrink the size of a snapshot?

August 2, 2016 978 views
Linux Basics DigitalOcean Ubuntu

Before block storage became available in Frankfurt, I had to increase the droplet size, which I now would like to revert. I have already attached a block storage volume and moved the data there, and my "base" disk is now quite empty.
What I would like to do now is to take a snapshot of the droplet and use it to spin up a smaller droplet with just some more storage.

The problem is, I can't happen to get that to work. Does anybody have some tips or ideas or has done that before?

1 Answer


Unfortunately, Droplets spun up from snapshots of older Droplets are limited to the original Droplet's size as the lower limit.

You can, however, migrate your existing Droplet to one of a smaller size and then attach the Block Storage volume to the new Droplet. Check out the following tutorial series on migrating Linux servers:

by Justin Ellingwood
There are many reasons why you may have to migrate your server to a new environment at some point in your project. Migrations are difficult, and each one is unique. In this series, we'll talk about how to go about setting up a successful migration. This article will cover how to prep your systems so that the migration goes smoothly.
  • Hi,

    thank you for making that clear. However, I can't really see, why this would be the case, as by now the used disk space is down to 5GB or so.

    I will give the tutorial series a shot and will eventually mark your answer as accepted or ask another question.

    Thank you :-)

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