Can you download Digital Ocean Snapshots?

Unfortunately, you are unable to download your Digital Ocean backups and snapshots outside of the Digital Ocean environment. There has been talk about making it possible but we have not seen Digital Ocean make any steps towards making this possible.

You can do a lot with Digital Ocean snapshots within their network, Create new droplets from Snapshot, restore existing droplets to snapshot and moving snapshot across data centres.

Here at snapshooter we find that snapshots are an extremely powerful way to protect droplets and volumes as for your ability to recover a server extremely fast compared to restoring from an external source, network lag is very real when your moving GB’s of data in a hurry (especially when uploading from a consumer ISP connection). We also value the importance of not putting all your eggs in once basket and would recommend all our customers and Digital Ocean customers also create off-site backups. Here is are recommended a list of articles created by the Digital Ocean community.

Digital Ocean Snapshot Pricing Explained

At Digital Ocean you pay for the amount of storage your snapshot takes. This is prices at a simple $0.05 per gigabyte per month. This is different to Digital Ocean backups which are priced at 20% of the cost of the droplet no matter how much disk space you use. Backups are limited to once a week and only the last 4 weeks are retailed, where you can have as many snapshots as you wish.

Working Out Big A Snapshot Will Be.

If you want to know how much disk space your server is currently using so you can work out how much a snapshot will cost, you can run a simple command.

SSH into your server and run the df command

df -h /

root@server:~# df -h /
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/vda1        20G  8.3G   12G  43% /

Your command will output this table, your looking for the /dev/vda1 drive which under the used column is tell me its using 8.3gb. 8.3*0.05=$0.415 per month storage costs.

We have also created a command for doing this all in one go and calculate the storage cost from terminal

df -k -h / | tail -1 | awk '{print $3*0.05}'

root@snapshooter:~# df -k -h / | tail -1 | awk '{print $3*0.05}'
0.415