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Deleting an old Exchange Database (.edb) file for Exchange 2007 using Backup Exec 12.5

Created: 29 Oct 2012 • Updated: 14 Nov 2012 | 2 comments
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I run full backups to Disk  (then duplicate to tape) every Friday night and Incrementals Sat-Thurs. I have to keep the full backups from Friday night on the disk until the next full backup. I set my retention period so that it will overwrite the next full backup so I do not run out of disk space. I do cut it close each week. I have Friday nights backup on the disk but noticed two folders dated 10/20/2012, the previous full backup. The mailbox database.edb file is almost 200 gig in one of the folders and the other has a public folder database.edb file that is almost 4 gig. The folder names start with IMG. Since I have a full backup from 10/26/2012 do I need to keep the .edb files from 10/20 still on disk? If I go into backup exec under devices, the file size for those IMG folders  shows 0 bytes. So why is it using so much space on the disk drive?

Need to free up disk space but want to make sure I delete these files properly and they don't effect my backup tonight.

Thanks for your help.


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CraigV's picture


If you are happy that your data has been duplicated to tApe successfully, then erase that media within BE, & delete what is left from disk.
Might also be worth your while checking the media set properties and shorten your retention period if you are running out disk space!


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mandj's picture

once I did the erase in BE it did remove the two folders completely. Not sure why they were still out there, with a one week retention it should over write it correct? I cant shorten it any more then a week according to symantec, the full needs to be out there until the next full so the incrementals can work. I will watch it next week and see if it deletes the files from disk like it should.

thanks for your response.