Archiving data

With Backup Exec's archive feature, you can free valuable disk space and reduce clutter on your server volume by migrating stagnant directories and files from the server to media.

If you select archive as your backup method when creating a job, Backup Exec backs up the selected data, verifies the media, and then deletes the data from the volume.

For data to be deleted, rights to delete a file must be granted; otherwise data will be backed up, but not deleted. Backup Exec does not delete data from Backup Exec Agent workstations when using the archive feature.

During an archive job, Backup Exec automatically performs a verify operation after the data is backed up. If the verify operation fails, the archive job stops and you are notified. If you get a verification failure, investigate the problem by viewing the job log, try to correct the problem, and then retry the archive operation. After the data is backed up and verified, Backup Exec automatically deletes the data included in the archive job. The job log contains a list of the data that was deleted.

If the checkpoint restart setting is enabled for an archive backup job that is resumed when a cluster failover occurs, the files selected for archive are not automatically deleted from the source volume after the backup completes.

The archive operation can be used to perform disk grooming, which uses Windows' last access date to move obsolete files from the server to media.

The NTFS file system supports the last access date capability.

To archive data

  1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Backup.

  2. Click New Backup Job.

  3. Select the data that you want to archive.

  4. Click General.

  5. In the Backup method for files field, select Archive the files (delete files after successful copy).

  6. Complete the backup job options.

More Information

Creating a backup job by setting job properties