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Restore DigitalOcean Droplet from Snapshot

How to Restore DigitalOcean Droplet from a SnapShot/Backup

Simon Bennett]
Simon Bennett
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2020
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# Overview

While this guide is focused on customers of SnapShooter, it will work for any snapshot or backup taken inside your DigitalOcean account.

When restoring a droplet to a backup/snapshot you will erase all data currently on the machine, you can always take a snapshot before you start a recovery process


# Locate Backup Name

Before you start you need to find your backup name, if you are using DigitalOcean Weekly backups, you don't need todo this step.recovery

  • Log in to SnapShooter
  • Find your droplet
  • View the Snapshots Table
    • Find the SnapShot you wish to recovery
    • SnapShot list
    • Copy the name
  • Press view in DigitalOcean Button
    • View in DigitalOcean
    • If the link does not work, make sure you're in the correct team

# Restoring

It's advised to do a manual SnapShot before attempting a recovery

In our example, we are going to try and restore to 2020-01-18 10:00:09

  • Login to DigitalOcean
  • Find your Droplet
  • On the sidebar select Destroy (Don't worry we are not going to destroy it)
    • Destroy Screen
  • In the Rebuild Droplet Box paste in the SnapShot name (in our case 2020-01-18 10:00:09)
    • Rebuild Droplet
    • The 'Created from' should match the name of the droplet
  • Press Rebuild
  • You will be asked to confirm
    • Confirm DigitalOcean Droplet Rebuild
    • Press
  • Wait for Rebuild Process
    • The process is dependant on the size of the droplet snapshot, and can be slow. The process bar in DigitalOcean is not very helpful for estimating time
    • The server should boot once completed

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