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Possible to rebuild erased tape header?

A client of mine has accidentally erased his backup tape headers. The exact scenario is as follows:

1. The backups on the tapes were originally created using NT4's built in MS backup.
2. The tape headers were erased using Veritas Backup Exec.

Is there any way of recovering the data on these tapes? For instance, is it possible to re-catalogue or rebuild the tape headers? Or is it easier to use some utility to manually scan the tapes?
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I don't think you can do this.
If they used veritas to overwrite header, chances are they wrote data to and therby overwriting old data.

/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
Its going to also depend upon what type of backup was done.  If the backup was actually a drag and drop copy.. then you can search the tape for files and bypass the header.  If you performed an actual backup, which requires a restore to recover the files from tape, then it becomes more difficult.  as Hans has stated, portions of your data may already be written over.  You can attempt to use the same software that you used to bacup the data to also restore and search the tape to determine if any files are recoverable.
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