Retired media, can I restore?

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-01

We have some files on a tape that we need to restore. The data was backed up to a tape drive via a SCSI cable. When I try to restore the data a few times (very large files) the tape added the label 'bad media'. I then tried to re-catalog it and it went into retired media.

I need tha data from this tape and am pretty sure it not damaged as had been in a tape library, so no human contact. Can I get it out of the retired media state and restore the files?
Question by:wannabecraig
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, you can right hand click and "Associate with media set".

    Then try running an inventory and catalog on the tape and see what the system says about it.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Hedley Phillips
    But have a read through these first:

    The error message "Bad Data" is reported by Backup Exec during backup or verify operations.

    Backup Exec for Windows Servers reports that "the media is bad."

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    Author Comment

    I've run the inventory, what does it do? It's taking quite a long time.
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    Expert Comment

    Let the inventory run through the tapes. It re-indexes the tapes with the new media set and will allow you to do a restore by enumerating the backed-up folder structure on the tape.
    After the inventory is succusseful, you should be able to read the backuped data and then try a test restore

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