Using Backup Media
The topics in this section describe the format that Microsoft SQL Server uses for backup media, the correspondence between backup media and backup devices, and the organization of backups on backup media.
In This Section
Media Sets, Media Families, and Backup Sets
Introduces the basic backup-media terminology of SQL Server backup and restore and is intended for readers who are new to SQL Server.
Using Media Sets and Families
Discusses several considerations for media sets and media families.
Creating a New Media Set
Describes initializing or formatting backup media before you use it for the first time or replace an old media set with a new media set.
Backing Up to an Existing Media Set
Discusses how to overwrite old backup sets in a media set and how to append new backup sets to a media set.