Backup Digital Ocean VPS to image

While Digital Ocean does provide backup service, it would also be advisable that we have a local backup of our VPS.

You could do the following

$ ssh user@remote "dd if=/dev/vda1 | gzip -1 -" | dd of="/pwd/image.gz"

It might take a while to load the entire depending on how huge your droplet is and there won’t be feedback from the terminal while it is in progress.

Reference: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/132797/how-to-dd-a-remote-disk-using-ssh-on-local-machine-and-save-to-a-local-disk

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