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Discovering Tape Contents (What BU software was used?)

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Hi all,

   Fun question here.  I've got a series of DLT IV tapes sitting here, I'm not sure what software was used to back up the data at all.  NTBACKUP and Ultrabac 8 (Fresh install) do not seem to recognize or show valid data.  I do know that NTBACKUP noticed data, and Ultrabac 8 is allowing me to push it to a file right now.  I tried the INDEX TAPE function in Ultrabac, but it comes up with a "no index / data" found type of error.  The drive, cable, and HBA are good.  I'm new at backups and was asked to go through some of this.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks
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Do you have a list of backup products that were used in the past?

The two 'big' ones a few years ago were Arcserve (Computer Associates) and Backup Exec (Veritas).  Both will read NTBackup format tapes, and have varying success at read each others format.  Both have trial versions available which give you about 45 days to 'play'.

I start with these two - download/order the trial version, install it and then try inventory/scan the tape before running a catalog/merge.

There are many other backup software vendors around of course so it'll be a matter of trial and error.  your best bet is to ask around for some IT staff who've been there a while and might remember what products were employed.

The other alternative is to outsource to a data recovery firm.  These guys generally have specially written software that can read pretty much ALL the different formats and thus determine what software was used, or simply execute the restore directly.  Of course, this costs money.
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Good grief!  I left this one open way too long.  Disorganise, I appologize about the delay.  This project was passed over for other stuff (red tape...).  I haven't tried ARCServe, but I think you might be on to something...

I'm awarding points for what it's worth to you:)  I appreciate the help!

-Jennifer
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