Can guardian protect network backed up images on an external NTFS drive?


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Let's say I have Macrium with guardian enabled on it and this system also has an external USB NTFS hard drive used by Macrium on other PC's to backup to.  Will guardian be able to protect these images as well?

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Image Guardian can protect NTFS volumes that reside on local storage (including USB-attached).  So if you have a USB hard drive with an NTFS volume on it, and that drive is connected to a PC with Image Guardian installed, and Image Guardian is enabled for that volume, then all backups on that volume will be protected, regardless of where those backups came from (i.e. your own system or some remote system).  However, if you have Image Guardian installed on a system that is backing up exclusively to a network location, then Image Guardian installed on that system will NOT be able to protect the backups that it's storing at a remote network location.  You need Image Guardian installed where the backups "live", i.e. where they are on local storage.  This does mean for example that Image Guardian would not be able to protect backups that reside on a NAS device where Image Guardian can't be installed locally.

Also note that if you have Image Guardian protecting a volume that is being used by other PCs on the network as their backup destination, then those source PCs will ALSO need Image Guardian in order for your "file share host" system's Image Guardian instance to trust those remote systems to purge older backups.  Otherwise, your host system's Image Guardian instance will block attempts by remote systems to delete or consolidate backups.  This means that Reflect Free would not be suitable for using on remote systems if you want them to back up to a volume protected by Image Guardian, since Reflect Free does not include Image Guardian and therefore would not be "trusted".

If you want more of the gory details about Image Guardian, check out its KB article here.

Edited 21 July 2020 7:01 PM by jphughan
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How does MIG get enabled on a drive?  All I see in the settings are "turn on" and "automatically protect".

In the above illustration, the PC sharing the backup repository (Shared Volume) has a full install of Macrium Reflect, including MIG. A local drive is shared over the network and MIG has been enabled on that drive in the Macrium Reflect user interface.


Edited 21 July 2020 7:07 PM by alank2
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alank2 - 21 July 2020 7:07 PM
How does MIG get enabled on a drive?  All I see in the settings are "turn on" and "automatically protect".

See the very last section of that linked KB article.

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Got it thanks!!

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