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I have a segate travan tape backup cartridge but I am not able to read the cartridge with the Travan tape drive that I have.  THere are backups of old data on the tape that we'd like to restore.  any suggestions?
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First of all there are different travan capacities and cartridges, so make sure you have a drive that is compatible with your tape. Maybe also make sure the drive works by first doing a backup to the drive using a fresh tape (and trying a restore after that.

When that has been done you'll have to find out what backup utility originally was used for the backup, and then try to get a copy of it installed on your system. Then you can try restoring the data. Also be aware that particularly if the tape wasn't stored in a cool, dry place, it may have gotten bad. Also, should it have been used too long that can have worn it too much, they don't last forever. Another issue that can cause errors is that backups done on a bad aligned tape drive could cause the tape to become unreadable on other drives. So you might also need to find the original drive to be able to recover data.

If the data is really important you could also send the tape to a professional recovery agency, but that would probably cost quite a bit...
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