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Restoring from huge, complex NT Backup files

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Hello.. I have a few huge (500gb+) nt backup files.  They were created as a full backup, then added to daily with an incremental backup.  Problem is, if the user doesn't know the day the file was created or modified last, it can be hellish finding it in the incrementals.  

Also, some of the folders contain hundreds of subfolders - these take an age to open, so if you're asked to restore from within those, it makes the task of searching even more difficult.

Is there software available which can properly catalogue these backups and allow full control over version restoration, showing you what dates the file was modified, etc etc.   A search facility would also prove invaluable.  Thanks!
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" if the user doesn't know the day the file was created or modified last, it can be hellish finding it in the incrementals"

That is the basic problem with tape backups, a full then incrementals is always days of headache.  The only software that can properly catalog the tapes is the software that made the tapes, and you are limited to its limited choices.

To recover from where you are, restore the FULL, then all the incrementals to a separate hard disk, and then you can pick off what you want.

For the future, get away from this antiquated tape nightmare.  Any of the modern archiving software, at least any worth having, can now archive to DVD, although it took M$ almost a decade to realize that.  As for NT only software, you are stuck in the dinosaur era.  It is time to upgrade the OS to 2008 or some other OS where you can do complete backups to DVD, SAN, NAS, or other modern storages.
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I was afraid you'd say that ;)
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