Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Backing Up a Boot Volume

You can create a backup of a boot volume using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Block Volume service. This topic describes how to create a manual boot volume backup.

You can also configure a backup policy that creates backups automatically based on a specified schedule and retention policy. This works the same as block volumes. See Policy-Based Backups for more information.

For information to help you decide whether to create a backup or a clone of a boot volume, see Differences Between Boot Volume Backups and Clones.


Avoid entering confidential information when assigning descriptions, tags, or friendly names to your cloud resources through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, API, or CLI.

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a An IAM document that specifies who has what type of access to your resources. It is used in different ways: to mean an individual statement written in the policy language; to mean a collection of statements in a single, named "policy" document (which has an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID) assigned to it); and to mean the overall body of policies your organization uses to control access to resources. written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which A collection of related resources that can be accessed only by certain groups that have been given permission by an administrator in your organization. you should work in.


When users create a backup from a volume or restore a volume from a backup, the volume and backup don't have to be in the same A collection of related resources that can be accessed only by certain groups that have been given permission by an administrator in your organization.. However, users must have access to both compartments.

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. If you want to dig deeper into writing policies for instances, cloud networks, or other Core Services API resources, see Details for the Core Services.

Using the Console

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Boot Volumes.
  2. Click the boot volume that you want to create a backup for.
  3. Click Create Manual Backup.
  4. Enter a name for the backup.

  5. Select the backup type, either incremental or full. See Boot Volume Backup Types for information about backup types.

  6. Optionally, you can apply tags. If you have permissions to create a resource, you also have permissions to apply free-form tags to that resource. To apply a defined tag, you must have permissions to use the tag namespace. For more information about tagging, see Resource Tags. If you are not sure if you should apply tags, skip this option (you can apply tags later) or ask your administrator.
  7. Click Create Backup.

    The backup is completed when its icon no longer lists it as CREATING in the Boot Volume Backup list.

Using the API

To back up a boot volume, use the following operation:

For information about using the API and signing requests, see REST APIs and Security Credentials. For information about SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

For more information about backups, see Overview of Block Volume Backups and Restoring a Backup to a New Volume.