Use the Storage Panel to manage your backup media and mirrors. The Storage Panel is divided horizontally into two sections. The top section shows your Backup Storage Group (which can also be referred to as your Primary Storage Group) and the bottom section shows your Mirror Group.
What is the Backup
The Backup Storage Group contains a list of storage devices that hold your backup data. When you initially setup Backup for Workgroups, you were asked to name your initial storage location, so you should see at least one named storage location at all times. Backup for Workgroups can span drives to hold more backup data. When you need to add storage capacity, you can add additional storage devices and use the sum total capacity of all the drives.
What is Inside the
Backup Storage Group?
The Backup Storage Group holds the Clients' backup data. This data is compressed to save space and encrypted for security.
What is a Mirror?
Mirroring is the process of storing identical data at a second locations. A mirror is simply a copy of your data. With Backup for Workgroups, you can use the Mirroring feature to make a second copy of your backup data.
What is the Mirror Group?
The Mirror Group contains a list of storage devices that hold the mirror copy of your backup data.
Why You Should Mirror
The purpose of mirroring your data is to keep a second copy in case there is a problem with the first copy. The mirror gives you the ability to quickly recover your backup data in the event that a disaster occurs at your Backup Server. If you would like the ability to take your data off-site, we recommend that you store the mirror on a removable hard drive or USB/FireWire external drive, or other portable media to allow for off-site storage.
What is Mirrored?
When you invoke the mirroring feature, the Backup Server will copy the backup data from the Backup Storage drives to the Mirror Group drives.
What is Not Mirrored?
Keep in mind that the mirroring capability included in Backup for Workgroups is designed to mirror the Backup for Workgroups backup data only. It should not be confused with a general purpose mirroring program.
How Does the Mirror Process Work?
In a nutshell, the Mirror process monitors the files stored at the Backup Storage and when it detects that a file has changed, the Mirror will store a copy of the file at the Mirror Group. When you have a Mirror Group that consists of more than one device/location, you can choose to correlate the mirror storage devices to a corresponding Backup Storage device/location; which is referred to as an Interlocked Mirror. Or, you can choose to use the Mirror in Ad-hoc mode, in which the mirroring process will replicate the files from any of the Backup Storage drives to any of the mirror drives based on available free space.