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Greetings - I set up Azure for offsite storage for Hyper-V backups using Altaro.  I'm not very familiar with Azure and may have set the type of storage incorrectly. I selected block blob containers as opposed to page blobs - then I read the maximum size of a block blob is 200GB.  (At the risk of sounding naïve I'm assuming a file relationship to a blob is 1 to 1, right?)   The back up now being loaded is 175GB, so it will fit but soon it won't.  

I am thinking the way to fix this is to create a new storage container in the same region configured to use page blobs, and to copy the folders over to the new container.  As I understand it there's no charge to move data within the same region.  Once the data is copied I can delete the original storage and change the drive letter of the new container to be the same as the original one.  This way I don't have to re-seed the backup and get out of this with a minimum of extra cost..  Validation and/or comments will be really appreciated!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Correct, Block Blobs are limited to 200GB, a Page Blog - the maximum is 1TB.

Only outbound data transfers are charged, and as this is in the same region, data transfers between regions are not charged. e.g. in the same region.

see also Pricing here

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/data-transfers/
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Simply needed some validation that my thinking was correct and this did it.
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