How to change the overwrite protection date in backup exec

Written by robert kingsley
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In Symantec Endpoint Protection, when setting up initial media-set properties, you are given the option of setting an overwrite protection period. This setting dictates the amount of time during which the data on the tapes in your media set is protected. You can choose a time setting of hours, days, weeks or years. When the specified amount of time has elapsed since data was backed up to the tape in question, it becomes reusable. It is then available for new backup jobs, and the information on it will be overwritten. If you would like to change the overwrite protection period for a media set, the process is quick and easy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Symantec Backup Exec by clicking its link in your Start menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Media" in the tab at the top of the application window.

  3. 3

    Select the media set for which you wish to alter settings and click "Properties" under "General Tasks" in the menu on the left.

  4. 4

    Select your unit of measure from the drop-down below "Overwrite protection period." You can choose hours, days, weeks or years. If you choose "Infinite," your tapes will never be overwritten.

  5. 5

    Type the number of units to dictate the amount of time for which your tapes will be protected. For example: if you want to protect your data for a week, you can choose "weeks" as the unit of measure and type "1," or select "days" and type "7."

  6. 6

    Click "OK."

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