Grandfather, father, son backup strategy using removable hard drive media
In the past, we used previous versions of BE and I am familiar with the policy-driven approach. I agree that BE 2012 seems to have greatly simplified backing up data and is much more intuitive than BE 2010.
I read in the article in the link below and it mentions that the entire backup chain should be kept on the same disk i.e. weekly full and incremental backups should remain on the same disk as otherwise it would scatter the backup chain among different disks and could cause issues.
I want to continue a grandfather, father & son backup routine whereby the removable hard drives are rotated every day as follows:
- Hard drive 1- Daily Monday and Wednesday (incrmental)
- Hard drive 2- Daily Tuesday and Thursday (incrmental)
- Hard drive 3- Weekly (full)
- Hard drive 4 to 6- Monthly (full)
- Hard drive 7- Annual (full)
The reason I want to rotate the hard drives daily is obvious; I don't want to leave the sam ehard drive plugged into the backup server all week long (if I used one hard drive per week as seems to be best practice).