Create A Block Storage Volume Snapshot


Follow the instructions in this article to create a Block Storage snapshot quickly and easily by using the SpinUp Control Panel. This article assumes you have already created a block and wish to snapshot it.

Prerequisites

You will need a valid SpinUp account to work with Block Storage.

Detach the volume

SpinUp requires detaching a volume before running a snapshot process against it. Doing so eliminates the risk of changes being made to the disk during the snapshot process, which could lead to data corruption.

For more information about how to detach a volume from the Control Panel, see Detach a volume Use one of the following methods to start a snapshot from the Control Panel:

Snapshot from the Block Storage Volume list

Use the following steps to start a snapshot from the Volume List page, as shown in the following image:

1. Click Volumes in the left-hand navigation menu.
2. Scroll to the volume that you want to snapshot and click the gear icon to open the actions menu.
3. Select the Create Snapshot option.
Gear Menu

A dialog box appears where you can enter a custom name and description of the snapshot. Modify or accept the default information and click create, as shown in the following image:

Confirm Dialog

The system starts the snapshot process on the volume. This process takes some time based on the amount of data to be copied. A large volume with lots of data takes much longer than a small volume with very little data.

Snapshot from the Block Storage Volume details page

You can also start a snapshot from any Block Storage Volume details page. Below the volume details, click on the CREATE SNAPSHOT button as shown in the image:

Create a snapshot via Block Storage Volume details page

The system starts the snapshot process on the volume. This process takes some time based on the amount of data to be copied. A large volume with lots of data takes much longer than a small volume with very little data.

Note

Snapshots taken of a Block Storage Volume only include data from specific volume you are snapshotting. Additional data from the server's local disk (ie **C:\ ** or **/dev/xvda**), or other Block Storage volumes that are attached are not included in the snapshot.

Reattach the volume

After the snapshot completes, you can safely reattach it. For more information, see Attach a volume.


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