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

January 28, 2014 5.3k 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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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.
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?

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