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I have two servers that I back up to, one is our mail server running Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 and the other server is a Windows 2008 server running file and print services. The external 500GB hard drives are plugged into the Win 2008 server and a share has been created
Share name on the external USB HD is DataBackup
The data is stored on \\win2k8svr\DataBackup\MailSvr

I backup the Win 2003 server using Backup Exec v9.1 to a location on the 500GB external hard drive. Backups are successful

I wanted to make sure that I was able to recover from a server failure so I installed Backup Exec 2010 on one of our offline test servers and attempted to restore the data but that is where I am confused.
After I plugged in the drive to my test server, I go into Devices, hilight Removable Backup-to-Disk Devices and add the drive location in into the path. Once that is done, run an Inventory then a Catalog. The catalog is slow and was taking hours to go through. I never did let it finish because I thought something was wrong. If we did have a catastrophic failure, waiting 1/2 a day for the USB HD to catalog would be teadeous.

So what am I doing wrong? Is there a better way?
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Cataloging can take a while. The best thing to do is copy your catalog folder to another location as part of you backup solution. For example, create a script that will copy it to your USB drive. Then, you can just copy the catalog to the new server and have all of your backup data.
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where is the catalog located?
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If it is in the default location, it would be: C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs
You could use something like Windows Backup to copy the folder to the external drive.
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