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Symantec Backup Exec, Viewing a Backup Device

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Is there a method to simply view the information on a backup disk w/ Symantec Backup Exec?  Thanks.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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Can you re-phrase the question
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I want to view a backup disk and see the specific files on the disk.  I think when I use the restore function I am looking at catalogs on my server and when I select a file to restore Backup Exec will access the currently loaded backup disk and try to locate this file (it may or may not be the correct backup disk).  I am having a problem with one of my backup disks.  I can look at the disk with Windows Explorer but only Backup Exec (I think) can read the ".bkf" files I see on the disk.  So I want to view the disk (and not attempt a restore) determine if the disk is causing the problems with my backup.
Also, I think I should just be able to view a backup disk and see what is on the disk.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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If you want to view the contents of those files, I'm not sure if that is possible as the files are compressed, why don't you restore to another drive then use programs like "beyond compare" to compare the files?

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You should be able to browse the disk using restore and then cancel out when you are done (able to browse to different folders and see exactly what has been backed up).  I have done this many times but have not used disk to backup.  I have only used tapes and NAS devices to back up to. But i know for a fact I can do it with those two.

Have you tested a different disk to see if you can browse the backups there? As you say the disk you are having issues with could be faulty.

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you can run a tape catlog command and then browse the contents held on the tape. only way to do so is to run a restore command and view the files/foldes backed up to that tape!
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