Resizing droplet drop my data

Posted February 9, 2018 3k views

I had a droplet on Ubuntu 12.04. Resize it to the same plan, but with more RAM. And resizing process wipe all my data. Be carefull.

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Just ran into this exact same issue today with a very old project running on Ubuntu 12.04. Did the RAM+Disk option.

First time this happened, I’ve done plenty of resizes with Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 droplets. Could be an issue specifically with 12.04.

Ended up just rebuilding my server with a newer Ubuntu version. Thank god for Ansible and automated backups!

Will need to be extra careful next time when doing a resize.


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I didn’t destroy my droplet. I only powered it off and resized CPU and RAM.