What's the difference between snapshots and Droplet backups, how to backup and can it be downloaded?

Posted January 28, 2014 20.3k views
So in account control panel there is Images link on the left in menu and under that there are Snapshots and Droplet backups. Snapshot is basically snap, clone of droplet, it should be same thing as backup, right? But if it's a same thing as backup why there are backups than? What's the difference and i couldn't find anywhere option to backup droplet, just to make snapshot. And is it possible to download and keep one on my pc?

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6 answers automates snapshot backups :)

  • Thank you @uberdigital link :)

    You’re correct we offer this for people who want more frequent backups of their droplets. From Hourly to Daily snapshots with daily/weekly and monthly retention policies with no limit on the number of past snapshots that can be managed.

by Justin Ellingwood
In this article, we describe how to install and configure Rsnapshot in Ubuntu. Rsnapshot is a remote backup solution based on the rsync protocol which can be used to create scheduled, incremental backups.
Thank you for your links. first one explained exactly what i wanted to clear out.

Thay have the same output, its just that - Snapshot requires you to power off your droplet. Auto backup feature - no need to power off.

And just to verify? can a snapshot be downloaded?

I believe the short answer to this is that they’re the same. The only difference is that backups happen automatically, and are standardized. You can make a snapshot whenever you want, and customize some things (such as making volume snapshots).

But if you just use the standard options, then backups are just snapshots that occur at specified intervals.

Please correct me if I’m wrong on that.

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