27445: Acronis Backup Advanced: Changing the TapeLocation Folder

Introduction

By default Acronis Backup creates cache of file system metadata of volumes backed up on tapes in the following folder:

Windows Vista/7/8/2008/2008 R2/2012: \ProgramData\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\TapeLocation

Windows XP/2003: \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Acronis\BackupAndRecovery\TapeLocation

In Linux: /var/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/TapeLocation.

This cache is required for cataloging, browsing and restoring files from disk archives located on tapes. Sometimes the large size of the cache might cause the system partition with low disk space to become full.

See also Web Help: Tape management.

Below are instructions on how to move the cache location to a different folder.

Solution

On a Windows machine:

Use junction point to change the TapeLocation folder:

  1. Invoke Windows Services (Start-Run -> services.msc) and stop all Acronis services.
  2. Create a new folder in the new location.
  3. Copy the contents of default TapeLocation to the newly created folder.
  4. Rename original TapeLocation folder to TapeLocation_old.
  5. Use the junction.exe tool to create a junction point:
    1. download the junction.exe tool from Microsoft Technet Website
    2. open Command Prompt (Start-Run -> cmd.exe);
    3. issue the following command to create the junction point:

      junction.exe "<Path_to_the_Default_TapeLocation_folder>" <Path_to_the_New_TapeLocation_folder>

  6. Start Acronis services.
  7. (!) Make sure that backups work correctly. Then you can delete the TapeLocation_old folder.

As a result NTFS file system will forward all request from default TapeLocation to the newly created location.

 On a Linux machine:

You can use one of the following methods to change cache location:

  • Place the new cache location on local disk:

    sudo mount /dev/sdb /var/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/TapeLocation

    Replace /dev/sdb with the necessary address

  • Place the new cache in a folder on a different disk:

    First, mount the disk that you want to use for cache location
    sudo mount /dev/sdb /path/to/directory

    Then make a link to the specified directory:
    ln -s /path/to/directory /var/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/TapeLocation

    where /path/to/directory is the address for the new folder

  • Mount a network share to serve as a new cache location:

    mount.cifs //host/share/folder  /var/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/TapeLocation -o user=useName

    mount -t cifs //host/share/folder  /var/lib/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery/TapeLocation -o user=useName,password=Password

Under Linux-based bootable media

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+F2 to open shell
  2. Specify cache location using one of the methods described in On a Linux machine section above
  3. Press Alt+F1 to return to bootable media user interface
  4. Rescan the tapes: see product documentation for instructions

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