Backups are automatically-created disk images of your Droplet. Enabling backups for your Droplet provides system-level backups at weekly intervals, allowing you to easily revert or spin up new instances from a backup. They ensure that you have a stable copy to revert from if there is a problem with your server.
Backups are taken once weekly for each Droplet where they’re enabled and are retained for four weeks. If you want a one-time or on-demand image of your Droplet instead of ongoing backups, you can take a snapshot instead.
You can enable backups for any Droplet, but they may not be ideal for Droplets with heavy I/O workloads, such as database servers, because disk writes will have degraded performance while the backup is being created.
DigitalOcean’s automated backups do not include block storage volumes, but you can take manual backups with volume snapshots.
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