If you want to move backups from one location to another, you’re going to need to make sure you have some things configured properly. Here are a few things I learned while migrating to a larger storage area for my data.
It’s definitely easier, arguably faster, to migrate data using ROBOCOPY. Even though you’ll have more thread available to migrate data using ROBOCOPY, you’re only as fast as your storage and your processing power. A big copy and paste of your data using windows won’t be much faster as it will go file by file.
So here are the steps using ROBOCOPY. If you aren’t familiar with ROBOCOPY, check out my post about this neat little tool that’s built into Windows that will really help you when moving large file sets that require logging.
- Assuming you’ve already added another storage location to VEEAM, make sure the folder you are about to copy your data to is already create and is the same name. If you name the folder something different, the mapping will not work.
- Open a command prompt with elevated privileges.
- Use all of the switches that ROBOCOPY is known for to make this operation as quick and painless as possible. Open the location where your backups are and migrate them using the following ROBOCOPY command, being sure to update your directory location. Put the path in quotes if there are spaces: robocopy E:\Backup\Backup1 F:\Backup\Backup1/TEE /E /FP /R:5 /W:1 /MT:128
- Once all files have moved, right click the job and edit it. Click on Storage, then find the Backup Repository and change it to the new location and click Finish. The job will take a second to find the new location with the new files (same folder name!) and you’ll be all set.
- Since the backup job contains all of your backups, including all the differential backups you have taken for your set retention period, you could essentially delete the old backup at this point. But if you have the space, why not wait a day to make sure the backups are working Ok?
Hope this helps. Cheers.