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Reading old backup data, can I install two backup softwares on same box with one autoloader?

Hello,

I have some old tapes that were written with BackUp Exec 10.xxx? not sure the exact version.  I now currently run UltraBac for my backups.  

Does anyone have a suggestion for reading this old data?  My initial thoughts are that both softwares couldn't be installed and control the same autoloader library as each has its own drivers.  

So if I needed to read these tapes, what would be the most efficient and logical thing to do?

Thanks
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coredatarecoveryCommented:
Not recommended, I would setup a server temporary for that purpose if and when the need arises to pull old tape volumes.
No need to screw with the working software.
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macwalker1Author Commented:
I agree with your assessment.  This is the route I was planning.  That being said, I need to look into whether or not I'd have to buy BackUp Exec again.  Not to mention a drive to read these.
There should be a tape that was written with my new software that actually would have the BackUp Exec on there from the program files.   Wonder if that would be of use?

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coredatarecoveryCommented:
You can contact the vendor directly as they will have record of you. Tell them you had a server crash and need software and license
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pgm554Commented:
Nah,you can download an eval for 60 days and restore your data that way if it's only a temp thing.

Symantec has eval downloads of BE on their site.
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macwalker1Author Commented:
Good deal, thanks guys.  I just need to find a drive to use.  I don't want to dismantle what I have in place.  Just want to be able to read these tapes,  restore the data to an alternate locale and then back up using current set up.

New management is wanting to know what is on these tapes.  I pretty much know, but they want to know for sure.  

You know how this can be when new people come in, lots of changes and questions as anyone would expect.

Any ideas on where to get a decent used LTO 3 or 4 drive?

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pgm554Commented:
There are companies that will take your tapes and restore them to different media(disk).

Might be cheaper than buying an LTO and other hardware.
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pgm554Commented:
Biggest pain is re cataloging all that stuff and if you got a bad spot on the tape...
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macwalker1Author Commented:
Ultimately no action has been determined by management here.  SO I'm on hold.  Thanks for all your comments.
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