How Backup Exec searches for overwritable media

Article:HOWTO22313  |  Created: 2010-01-29  |  Updated: 2011-05-04  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO22313
Article Type
How To

Product(s)

Environment

Subject


How Backup Exec searches for overwritable media

Media overwrite options set the order in which Backup Exec searches for overwritable media. When Backup Exec searches for overwritable media for a backup job, it searches for either scratch media or media that has an expired overwrite protection period.

You are prompted to select one of the following types of media that you want Backup Exec to use first:

  • Overwrite scratch media before overwriting recyclable media contained in the targeted media set.

    If you choose to overwrite scratch media before recyclable media, more media may be required for the same number of jobs, but the recyclable media may be preserved longer for possible recovery.

  • Overwrite recyclable media contained in the targeted media set before overwriting scratch media.

    If you choose to overwrite recyclable media before scratch media, you will re-use the same media more frequently than if you choose to overwrite scratch media before recyclable media.

In a device pool, Backup Exec selects the oldest recyclable media in all of the devices in the device pool to use first.

In a robotic library, Backup Exec selects the oldest recyclable media in the library to use first. If the robotic library is partitioned, Backup Exec searches for the oldest recyclable media in the targeted partition only.

Caution:

It is recommended that you physically write-protect media containing critical data by using the write-protect tab on the media cartridge to protect against unintentional move or erase operations, or expired overwrite protection periods.

The following table describes the order in which Backup Exec searches for media to use for an overwrite job, depending on the combination of the overwrite protection level and the media overwrite option you select.

Table: How Backup Exec searches for overwritable media

Overwrite protection level and overwrite option:

Media is overwritten in this order:

Full + Overwrite scratch media first

Note:

This combination provides the most protection against overwriting media.

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Recyclable media in any media set

Full + Overwrite recyclable media first

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in any media set

Partial + Overwrite scratch media first

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Recyclable media in any media set

  • Imported media

Partial + Overwrite recyclable media first

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in any media set

  • Imported media

None - No overwrite protection + overwrite scratch media first

Warning:

This options is not recommended because it does not protect data from being overwritten.

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Recyclable media in any media set

  • Imported media

  • Allocated media in any media set

None - No overwrite protection + overwrite recyclable media first

Warning:

This options is not recommended because it does not protect data from being overwritten.

  • Recyclable media in the targeted media set

  • Scratch media

  • Recyclable media in any media set

  • Imported media

  • Allocated media in any media set

In addition to setting overwrite protection levels, you must set overwrite options, which set the order in which Backup Exec searches for overwritable media.

Figure: Media overwrite protection

Media overwrite protection

The most obvious candidates for backup jobs requiring overwritable media are scratch media and recyclable media (media with expired overwrite protection periods). These are the first types of media for which Backup Exec searches when a backup requires media to overwrite. The search pattern is different according to whether you have chosen Full, Partial, or None. The media indicate that a type of media set is examined for availability.

See Selecting settings for media management

See Media locations and vaults


Legacy ID



id-SF700145565_be2010_adm


Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO22313


Terms of use for this information are found in Legal Notices