Protecting video files from deletion - Security Center 5.10

Security Center User Guide 5.10

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You can protect important video footage from being deleted by the system when the Archiver’s disk space becomes full, or when its normal retention period has ended.

What you should know

Video can be protected against deletion. Protection is applied on all video files needed to store the protected video sequence. Because no video file can be partially protected, the actual length of the protected video sequence depends on the granularity of the video files.

The Archiver cannot protect partial files, so you might protect a larger segment than the one you select.

Too many protected video files on a disk can reduce the storage space available for new files. To avoid wasting storage space, regularly check the percentage of protected video files on each disk.

To free up storage space, you can back up the protected video files or duplicate the protected files on another Archiver using archive transfer, and then unprotect the original video file.


  1. Open the Archive storage details task.
  2. Generate your report.
    The video files associated with the selected cameras are listed in the report pane.
  3. From the report pane, select the video file to protect, and then click Protect ().
    To select multiple video files, hold the Ctrl or Shift keys.
  4. In the Protect archives dialog box, set the Start time and the End time for the video that you want to protect.
  5. Select how long to protect the video file from one of the following options:
    No end date. You must manually remove the protection by selecting the video file in the report pane, and clicking Unprotect ().
    NOTE: If the retention period has passed, unprotected video files are not deleted immediately. If needed, you have 24 hours to restore the video protection. For information about archive storage, see the Security Center Administrator Guide.
    For x days
    The video file is protected for the selected number of days.
    The video file is protected until the selected date.
  6. Click Protect.


The video file is protected.