Moving to a smaller droplet

July 1, 2014 3.2k views

I am planning to move to a smaller droplet, since the current setup is overcapable. Now, I know, DO doesn't support resizing to a smaller disk - I guess I will just have to move the installation manually. What is the best way to do so? Are there tools that allow you to transfer a complete Linux installation to another machine? Or will I have to reinstall all my applications on the target droplet?

My current droplet is the $10/mo Debian 7 x86 droplet, I want to move to the $5/mo droplet.

4 Answers

Not sure if downsizing but you could try

Basically create a snapshot of current droplet. Then recreate it as smaller size using the snapshot as image.

If it doesn't work you could just restore the snapshot you just created! Only risk is a little downtown.

I have already tried that and it gives me the error that you cannot instantiate a droplet from a snapshot of a bigger droplet. This is obvious, for a 30 GB HDD droplet could have more than 20 GB hard drive used, meaning it is physically impossible to migrate the droplet directly.
In my case, I have less than 5 GB hard drive used however, so that should not pose a problem in that regard.

Good to know. I was figuring if droplet wasn't using more space than what you are downsizing to you would be ok.

Wondering if that is something DO might be able to correct in future.

To follow up on this, I just manually reinstalled everything, since I was able to clear up some clutter this way.

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