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How to create a snapshot

Reviewed on 26 May 2021Published on 26 May 2021

The snapshot feature lets you create a backup of a specific volume of your Instance. A snapshot is a full-volume copy stored in our secure data centers. They are usually used to recover volume data or to create a copy of a volume.

Note:

The snapshot features creates backups of specific volumes only. If you wish to create a backupimage which is a complete backup of your Instance including all of its volumes, consider using the backup feature

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How to create a snapshot

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Snapshots tab.

  3. Click the + Create a snapshot button. You are directed to the snapshot creation wizard.

  4. Complete the following steps in the wizard:

    • Choose a name for the snapshot, or use the default suggested name.
    • Select the volume you wish to snapshot. All of your Instances’ volumes will be shown on the drop-down list, grouped by Availability Zone.
    • Check the Estimated Cost.
  5. Click Create a new snapshot to finish. You are redirected to the Snapshots tab, where your new snapshot now appears in the list.

How to create a volume from a snapshot

You can create a volume from a snapshot as follows:

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Snapshots tab.

  3. Click «See more Icon» next to the snapshot you want to create an image from. A drop-down menu displays.

  4. Click Volume from snapshot. A pop-up displays.

  5. Enter a name for the volume (or use the default suggested name), and click Create Volume from Snapshot

  6. Click Create image from snapshot.

The volume is created, and can be viewed in the Volumes tab. Check out our documentation on attaching volumes and mounting volumes to learn how to use the volume with your Instances.

How to create an Instance from a snapshot

Follow the instructions for creating an Instance. At the Choose an Image step of the creation wizard, click the My Snapshots tab, and select the desired snapshot.

You can see the snapshotted volume in the Instance’s volumes at step 4 of the creation wizard.

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