How to Configure Backups or Backup Drives for your Dedicated server

If you are working on a computer, saving your work is a necessity. It keeps you from having to start over and over again. The concept of backups apply to just about any computing device and especially in the world of hosting websites. Making backups for your work should be considered invaluable and necessary. It saves your work and gives you peace of mind. The method of how you make your backups will vary based on your needs and configuration, but it should be an integral part of your hosting operation. Creating a backup allows you to be able to recover should a disaster occur and also provide a starting point if you simply need to start over.

How do we obtain backups of our Dedicated Server through InMotion Hosting

Backups are not provided as part of your Dedicated Server account. InMotion can provide backups of 10 GB blocks at $7.50 a month. If you need to cover 12 GB, then you would need to purchase two 10 GB blocks at $15.00 a month. Our backups include all the website files, emails, cPanel information, and MySQL databases. The backups that we provide are run every 24-36 hours and are run progressively, meaning that each backup overwrites the last.

How to Request Backups for your Dedicated Server

  1. Login to AMP or open your email client.
  2. Send a verified support ticket to our live technical support team listing your backup needs. If you’re sending an email, make sure to send the message to Your email should include your account verification information.
  3. Once technical support receives your request, they will review the request to make sure that the backup is properly configured and send you a confirmation of the backup and its cost.
  4. When you have confirmed the cost and configuration of the backup it will be implemented for your server.

How to Configure Backup Drives for your Dedicated Servers

InMotion Hosting provides dedicated servers that can be configured to your needs. This includes configuring backup drives for the server. The Elite configuration of InMotion’s dedicated servers currently includes a free backup drive configured with 2 TB of space. All InMotion’s dedicated servers can be configured with up to 6 TB SATA drives using the online dedicated server configuration tool. Once you have purchased your subscription and configured your server, you can go into the WHM (Web Host Manager) to setup your backup configuration.

Custom Backup Configurations for Dedicated Servers

There are many backup options available for dedicated servers. Although we may not list the option, it does not mean that it cannot be configured for you. If you require a different type of backup configuration, then please communicate your needs with our dedicated hosting sales staff for further assistance. They can be reached through phone, chat or email (contact information at the bottom of the linked page).

Where are the backups located?

The 10 GB backup blocks that can be purchased for backup are kept within the same data center, but not in the same physical location as the dedicated server. The SATA drives configured for our dedicated servers are also physically present in the data center. Note that custom backups created in WHM occupy space within the dedicated server hard drive unless it is configured to send the data to a different location.

Please be aware that the advantage of a local backup is related to speed. A local backup drive allows you to make quicker backups and restorations when you need them. However, its main disadvantage is that in cases of disaster there is a possible for total data loss since the server data is located in one location. Best practices for server backups include configuring backups to be saved to a remote location. Please see Using Third-Party Solutions for Backing Up your Dedicated Server for more information.

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