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downgrade option, not just upgrade

We should have the possibility to also downgrade droplets, not just upgrade. Sometimes we need a lot of power for some operations, but then we don't for some time, or maybe not at all anymore, so it would be nice to be able to downgrade a droplet, not just to upgrade it.
The current solution is to create a new one with a smaller plan, but this means configuring, installing and doing all that stuff which takes time and is not portable.

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      • Zsolt BakóZsolt Bakó commented  · 

        A few days ago I successfully upgraded and then downgraded a droplet. Disk usage was around 8 GB, I started with a 512MB droplet, upgraded for a few minutes for testing purposes to 16GB plan and then easily downgraded it back to a 512 MB droplet. I did it on the Amsterdam 2 datacenter. I don't really see what is the problem in your cases. Do you use to much disk space maybe?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        i gave 3 votes to this. This is so important.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Guys, this is a must. Especially since you removed the ability to restore a snapshot to a smaller droplet. Please implement a downgrade option.

      • Zachary DuBoisZachary DuBois commented  · 

        @Norton, correct. I notified them of this. I hope they are going to implement this very soon.

      • NortonNorton commented  · 

        Unfortunately, create droplet from snapshot doesn't allow you to create a "downgrade" plan, due to the different in disk size. It said something like "can't create 10 GB HDD from 20 GB HDD droplet".

      • Zachary DuBoisZachary DuBois commented  · 

        Support said this is not possible due to possible data corruption. They should find a way... 1,600 votes says this should be re-added.

      • littleguylittleguy commented  · 

        I just downsized a droplet in the AMS2 datacenter. (From 2GB to 512MB). Can anyone else confirm this works?!!

      • Grzegorz ZdanowskiGrzegorz Zdanowski commented  · 

        > Have you ever seen a hard drive that can resize on the fly?
        @BSDaemon: Yup, I seen - HFS+ on OSX ... and it's BSD ;)

      • pppp commented  · 

        nice idea

      • BSDaemonBSDaemon commented  · 

        You can't downsize a live file system. Have you ever seen a hard drive that can resize on the fly? No you havent.

        That's why you have to use snapshot to downgrade.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Really good point! Web badly need downgrade option!

      • Steve LawsonSteve Lawson commented  · 

        Addendum to my last comment: The ability to port a snapshot to a new Droplet would, actually, be a great way to transition during a downgrade. The original Droplet could stay live, while the Downgrade Droplet is tested, then change the DNS nameserver records to finalize.

      • Steve LawsonSteve Lawson commented  · 

        Or, how about a way to port a snapshot to a new Droplet (with, perhaps, a warning to the User that this will only work if the Droplets have the same architecture profile.

      • frazboyzfrazboyz commented  · 

        I like the idea of being able to downgrade but lets say if i upgraded my hard disk and then downgraded, would i loose data? Also i like the idea of being able to upgrade/downgrade via the api.

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