regarding live snapshot

August 10, 2016 2.3k views
Backups Ubuntu

There's a new option called "Live Snapshot". and DO is still recommended to power down the droplet before taking snapshot

**Power-down your Droplet before taking a snapshot to ensure data consistency.**

so i want to ask is there still any chance of data loss when i take live snapshot?

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  • In addition to this question:

    Will the corruption be in the snapshot or in the server data?

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MDS August 10, 2016
Accepted Answer

There is a rare chance of data being corrupted. I personally don't turn servers off when taking snapshots and so far I have not had any issues. :)

  • This is correct. Since a snapshot is a copy of your disk, if that data were to change too much while the image is being created it could result in corruption in the snapshot image. If you have a lot of filesystem activity (like a heavily used database) it would still be recommended to power down when taking a snapshot but for most purposes the live snapshot should be sufficient.

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