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sys.backup_devices (Transact-SQL)

Contains a row for each backup-device registered by using sp_addumpdevice or created in SQL Server Management Studio.

Column name Data type Description

name

sysname

Name of the backup device. Is unique in the set.

type

tinyint

Type of backup device:

2 = Disk

3 = Diskette (obsolete)

5 = Tape

6 = Pipe (obsolete)

7 = Virtual device (for optional use by third-party backup vendors)

Typically, only disk (2) and tape (5) are used.

type_desc

nvarchar(60)

Description of backup device type:

DISK

DISKETTE (obsolete)

TAPE

PIPE (obsolete)

VIRTUAL_DEVICE (for optional use by third party backup vendors)

Typically, only DISK and TAPE are used.

physical_name

nvarchar(260)

Physical file name or path of the backup device.

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