Protecting video files from being deleted - Security Center 5.6

Security Center User Guide 5.6

Security Center 5.6

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

The Archiver cannot protect partial files; therefore, you might protect a larger segment than the one you select.
Too many protected video files on a disk can waste storage space for new video files. To avoid wasting storage space, regularly check the percentage of protected video files on each disk. For information about monitoring the disk space available for video files, see the Security Center Administrator Guide.

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 Start and End columns in the Protect archives dialog box, set the time range of the video file to protect.
  5. Select how long to protect the video file for, from one of the following options:
    No end date. You must remove the protection status manually by selecting the video file in the report pane, and then clicking Unprotect ().
    NOTE: When you unprotect a video file, it is not immediately deleted. You have 24 hours to change your mind. For information about archive storage, see the Security Center Administrator Guide.
    For x days
    The video file is protected for the number of days that you select.
    The video file is protected until the date that you select.
  6. Click Protect.


The video file is protected.