Most networks are always running short of file storage space on their live server(s). If you keep permanent periodic...
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backups (i.e. monthly), this tip will allow you to delete large subdirectories of occasionally used files with a link directing you to the exact tape to load for performing a restore.
After completing a successful backup, delete all of the files in the subdirectory and replace them with a short text file using the date or ID of the backup tape you need to use to perform a restore. Most backup systems such as Veritas or ArcServe allow you to search through a database to locate the correct file and backup tape to perform a restore; this technique will allow you to locate the subdirectory where the files you needed were originally stored, and when you find them all missing---you will have a single file indicating the backup tape you need to use to perform the restore; or the date the files were deleted.