Create a snapshot

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017

You can create instance snapshots to save the system state from a certain point in time for data backup or to create images.


  • Creation of the first snapshot will take relatively longer than subsequent snapshots due to the first snapshot being a full snapshot. However, depending on the amount of changed data since previous snapshots, the length of time for each snapshot creation may vary.
  • Creating snapshots of a disk may reduce disk performance.
  • It is recommended that you not create snapshots during peak traffic hours.
  • Manually created snapshots, unlike automatic snapshots, will be retained until they are manually deleted.

To create a snapshot, perform the following:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Disks.

  3. Select a region.

  4. Select a system or data disk for which you want to create a snapshot. You can only select one disk at a time.

  5. Click Create Snapshot.

  6. Enter a name for the snapshot and click OK.

To view all snapshots, go to the left navigation bar and click Snapshots > Snapshots.

To view snapshots of a particular instance, navigate to Instances, select the particular instance, and then click Instance Snapshots in the left navigation bar.

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