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When the data store incremental backups file is set for ArcGIS Server, users may experience loss of hard drive space depending on the type and amount of data stored.
The ArcGIS Data Store has automatic backups enabled and the incremental backups occur when the logs are full or every five minutes, whichever comes first. Depending on the data involved, the size of the backups file may take up significant disk space where the designated folder is set. The problem occurs when the end users set the Data Store location to be on the same machine as the installation of ArcGIS Server or Portal for ArcGIS.
The recommended solution is to set a network location for the backups, or to manually move and store the backup files on a different drive, for example, a portable hard drive or a different machine. For more information regarding the backup location, refer to the following web help document: Installation Guides: Tasks to perform after you create a data store.
If it is necessary to keep the backup files on the same machine where ArcGIS is installed, automatic backups can be disabled by setting the backup frequency to 0. This can be done through the Windows Command Prompt as follows:
cd C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\datastore\tools
updatebackupretaindays.bat 0 updatebackupschedule.bat --frequency 0