Setting the retention time

You can set the retention time for a file explicitly, or you can use the default retention period for the volume to derive the retention time. Unless you set the retention time explicitly, SnapLock uses the default retention period to calculate the retention time.

Understanding retention period and retention time

The retention period for a WORM file specifies the length of time the file must be retained after it is committed to the WORM state. The retention time for a WORM file is the time after which the file no longer needs to be retained. A retention period of 20 years for a file committed to the WORM state on 10 November 2020 6:00 a.m., for example, would yield a retention time of 10 November 2040 6:00 a.m.



Note: Unless you set the default retention period to infinite, the maximum supported retention time is January 19 2071 (GMT).

Understanding the default retention periods

A SnapLock Compliance or Enterprise volume has four retention periods:

So, if you do not set the retention time explicitly before committing a Compliance-mode file to the WORM state, and you do not modify the defaults, the file will be retained for 30 years. Similarly, if you do not set the retention time explicitly before committing an Enterprise-mode file to the WORM state, and you do not modify the defaults, the file will be retained for 0 years, or, effectively, not at all.