HOWTO: Backup to tape
The BackupAssist Zip Engine can be used to backup data to a wide variety of storage destinations, including standalone tape drives. All that is required is for your tape drive to be supported by Windows and have Windows Drivers. (Note: The BackupAssist Zip Engine also supports disk-based devices like external HDDs, optical discs, REV drives, RDX drives, local directories, network locations, FTP servers)
The following instructions are for backing up to a standalone tape drive device installed locally on the same machine running BackupAssist.
Note: BackupAssist does not support Travan tape drives.
- Download and install the BackupAssist free trial: http://www.backupassist.com/download.
- Launch BackupAssist, click File > New backup job and select Zip under ‘File backup’.
- Select Tape as your back up destination and click Next.
- Select an appropriate schedule and click Next.
- Select the Device name of your tape drive from the available drop-down menu.
- If you have more than one tape drive installed and want to back up to multiple drives, you will need to create a separate backup job for each drive (step 1).
- If your tape drive is not listed in the drop-down menu click Detect; if the drive is still not detected make sure you have installed the default Windows drivers for your device and then try again.
- Check Allow eject of media after backup if you want BackupAssist to automatically eject tape media after each backup has been completed. This will make sure the data on the tape is not overwritten the next time a back up runs if you forget to insert the correct tape.
- Click Next and select the files and folders you would like backup to your tape drive.
- Click Next and then prepare your tape media for use with BackupAssist. Click the blue help icon in the top right-corner of the window if you need help with media preparation.
- Click Next once you have prepared your tape media and then name your backup job and click Finish.
- In addition to the standard BackupAssist job settings, you can also enable and configure settings specific to the Zip Engine, including: compression; encryption; compression / encryption threads; and NTFS security attributes.
To access Zip Engine specific settings for a job click Edit from the top menu, select your Zip Engine backup job and click Zip options from the left menu:
- Compression: the Zip Engine gives you the option to compress each backup created on the backup destination. Enabling compression means you will save disk space on the backup destination, and as a result, store more backups on each tape.
- Set compression ratio: drag the slider to “No compression” for faster backups but larger backup sizes, or “Smallest compression” for smaller backup sizes but longer backup completion times. We recommend “Fast compression” if compression is required, as it is much faster than “Smallest compression” and the difference in storage savings (i.e. the amount your data will be compressed) between "Smallest compression” and “Fast compression” is minimal.
- Check Encrypt backup file to enable encryption
- Enter and confirm a password for encryption in the available fields.
- To alter the default BackupAssist setting for thread usage check Manually force thread count and enter the number of threads BackupAssist should use when compressing data.
- If you prefer not to be notified in your backup report whether NTFS attributes have been maintained, uncheck Suppress NTFS stream warnings.