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How to use external hard-disks and rotate them

Created: 04 Sep 2012 • Updated: 09 Jun 2014 | 6 comments
pkh's picture
Are you thinking of using external USB or eSata hard-disks for your backups and you also want to rotate them?  If you do not know how, read my articles
For BE 2012 -
For BE 2010 and earlier versions of BE -

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KRedd's picture

Thanks for those wonderful articles.....

Comes to real rescue for the people who use USB drives for storage 

Orionex's picture

Good to know, I will just add that it is necessary to check the compatibility list for BE2012 or 2010 .

Nabil polska's picture

First i suggest to look on HCL before try

pkh's picture

Isn't this what the previous post is suggesting??

Christopher Joles's picture

When you use tapes, you have a retention period that you can see when you look at offline media.

If you use the above procedure, how do you figure out which drive you need to bring back from offsite storage?  I cant see any way to tell which drive you would use.  We are using 5 drives for daily and then want to keep 5 weeks of weekly full backups and keep 12 months of monthly backups and then 6 years of yearly full backups.  With that number of drives, I need to know which ones can be brought back online.