restore snapshot after destroying a droplet

October 7, 2012 19.9k views
What is the correct process of using a droplet as a development enviornment? Based on the documentation, I've read that I should create a snapshot, destroy the build so that billing wouldn't occur. Once I'm ready to use it again I can create another droplet and recover my snapshot to the new droplet. However, this hasn't been working for me. When I attempted to create the droplet (same zone, same config) and went to the snapshot tab of the new droplet, my old snapshot wasn't available even though it did show up in the Images tab (it stated that there are no snapshot available). Am I missing a step?
4 Answers
That is the correct process to help you troubleshoot this particular issue on your account please open a support ticket then we can look into the specific droplet and snapshot and see why you aren't seeing it in the images tab during new droplet creation.

my mistake, I should've noticed a tab under "Select Droplet Image" that allows me to recover from a snapshot directly.

for anyone else interested, this was already answered in comment by etel:

"You can restore a saved image by creating a new droplet from the chosen snapshot.
When creating a new droplet, clicking on the tab called "My Images" in the "Select a New Droplet Image" section will show you all of the snapshots that you can then spin up a droplet from."
by Etel Sverdlov
This tutorial provides an explanation for how backup and snapshots work on DigitalOcean. Additionally, it includes information on how to scale, backup, and clone out servers with snapshots.
@minhur thanks for linking to the relevant article!


If I destroy droplet, will the snapshot associated to that droplet still remains or it get destroyed as well?

Can you help me on that.


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