Cloud Backup - How to Set Up DigitalOcean Spaces for Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup


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DigitalOcean Spaces provides a low-cost, scalable cloud storage location for secure off-site data protection. Retrospect 12.6 for Windows and Retrospect 14.6 for Mac are certified for DigitalOcean Spaces. Follow these step-by-step instructions for configuring Retrospect to integrate with Spaces.


Account Setup

Digitalocean spaces homepage

After you sign up for a free DigitalOcean account, follow DigitalOcean’s step-by-step guide for creating a space and their knowledgebase article for getting your access key and secret key.


Information for Retrospect

Retrospect needs three pieces of information to access DigitalOcean Spaces:

  • Path for New Yorknyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/your_bucket_name

  • Path for Amsterdamams3.digitaloceanspaces.com/your_bucket_name

  • Path for Singaporesgp1.digitaloceanspaces.com/your_bucket_name

  • Access Key – Use the Access Key from above.

  • Secret Key – Use the Secret Key from above.


Adding Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Adding cloud storage as a destination is simple. Retrospect has a new set type called "Cloud". Create a new backup set/media set and select "Cloud" as the type.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup selection win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup selection mac

Next you’ll need to enter your cloud storage credentials.

Windows Interface

S3 set creation win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup settings mac


Using Cloud Storage in Retrospect

Using cloud storage is simple. After you have created a cloud set, create a new script or add it to an existing one, and click "Run". The backup will begin with the contents of the set being uploaded to your cloud storage location. You can track the progress in the execution/activity.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup log win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup log mac


Throttling Cloud Backups in Retrospect

Throttling for cloud backup and cloud restore is available in Preferences.

Windows Interface

Cloud backup preferences win

Mac Interface

Cloud backup preferences mac


General Tips

Below are a number of tips for using cloud storage in Retrospect:


Last Update: May 17, 2018