A backup repository can use rotated drives. Rotated drives can be detachable USB or eSATA hard drives. This scenario can be helpful if you want to store backups on several external hard drives that you plan to regularly move between different locations.
To use rotated drives, you must enable the This repository is backed by rotated hard drives option in the advanced settings of the backup repository. When this option is enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication recognizes the backup target as a backup repository with rotated drives and uses a specific algorithm to make sure that the backup chain created on these drives is not broken.
Limitations for Backup Repositories with Rotated Drives
Backup repositories with rotated drives have the following limitations:
- On one managed server, you must create only one repository with rotated drives.
- You cannot store archive full backups (GFS backups) created with backup jobs or backup copy jobs on backup repositories with rotated drives.
- You cannot store per-VM backup files on backup repositories with rotated drives.
- You cannot rescan backup repositories with rotated drives.
- Scale-out backup repositories do not support rotated drives. If you enable the This repository is backed by rotated hard drives setting on an extent, Veeam Backup & Replication will ignore this setting and will work with such repository as with a standard extent.
- Repositories with rotated drives are not supported as primary backup repositories, archive repositories, and secondary target repositories for NAS backup.