Making copies of recovery points

You can copy recovery points to another location for added security. For example, you can copy them to another hard disk, another computer on a network, or on removable media such as DVDs or CDs. You can then store these copies in a protected location.

You can also create archive copies of your recovery points to free up disk space. For example, you can copy recovery points to a CD or DVD, and then manually delete the original recovery points. You should verify the copies of the recovery points to ensure that they are on the disk and are valid.

To make copies of recovery points

  1. On the Tools page, click Manage Backup Destination.

  2. Select a recovery point set or an independent recovery point, and then click Copy.

  3. Select which recovery point to copy, and then click OK.

  4. On the Welcome page of the Copy Recovery Point Wizard, click Next.

  5. Select the recovery point that you want to copy.

    Recovery point sets appear as single recovery points. Select View all recovery points to display all incremental recovery points that are included within the recovery point sets.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • In the Folder box, type the path to which you want to copy the recovery point.

    • Click Browse to locate the folder to which you want to copy the recovery point, and then click OK.

  8. Select a level of compression for the copies of the recovery points.

    See Compression levels for drive-based backups.

  9. If you want to verify whether a recovery point is valid after the copy is complete, select Verify recovery point after creation.

  10. Click Advanced, and then select from the following options.

    Divide into smaller files to simplify archiving

    You can split the recovery point into smaller files and specify the maximum size (in MB) for each file.

    For example, if you plan to copy a recovery point to ZIP disks from your backup destination, specify a file size of 100 MB or less, according to the size of each ZIP disk.

    Use password

    This option sets a password on the recovery point. Passwords can include standard characters, not extended characters, or symbols. (Use characters with an ASCII value of 128 or lower.)

    A user must type this password before they can restore a backup or view the contents of the recovery point.

    Use AES encryption

    You can encrypt your recovery point data to add another level of protection to your recovery points.

    You can choose from the following encryption levels:

    • Low (8+ character password)

    • Medium (16+ character password)

    • High (32+ character password).

  11. Click OK.

  12. Click Next, review the options that you selected, and then click Finish.

After the recovery points are safely copied, you can delete them from your computer.

More Information

Deleting a recovery point set

Making copies of recovery points