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Restore compressed files as uncompressed

Created: 17 Jan 2005 • Updated: 02 Mar 2009


(This was posted in the "old" newsgroup on Jan 14th - but I see that posting there should not have been allowed. So, I'm re-posting it in the new forum.)

Regarding BackupExec 8.6 on Windows ...

I have a situation where an NTFS partition was (erroneously) set to use compression; it was *not* our original intention to use compression (and, to tell you the true, I'm not quite sure exactly when/how it got set that way).

Anyway, the "problem" (more like a "situation") that I'm running into now, is, whenever I restore data from tapes that were made of that compressed partition, the folders/files are being restored again in compressed form
- even when I redirect the restore to a non-compressed partition.

We're about to set up a completely new system, and migrate the data by restoring from a current full backup ... but we don't want the data to be compressed on the new system.

How do I go about instructing BackupExec *not* to set compression on the restored data? I suspect that there is a (less than obvious? :-) ) option somewhere, but I just can't seem to find it.

(Truthfully, the fact that BackupExec behaved this way in the first place, was a bit of a surprise. I would have expected the NTFS filesystem to decompress the data when it was read from the disk , and that BackupExec would just "do it's thing" . Then, I would have expected it to be up to the filesystem on the restore target, whether or not to compress the data - regardless of how it is stored on the tape.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide any insight!


Brant Burrow