Restore tape backup on windows xp done on server 2003.

Hi,

We need to restore an old tape. According to the client it was done using server 2003 so we assume it was done by NTBackup.

We have setup the tape drive on Win XP Pro and is able to read the drive properly.

Question 1: Should we be ablet to see files on the tape in XP if it was backed up in NT back up server 2003?

Question 2: if was not done by NTbackup is there a way to find out what software they used?

This is the error that NT Backup throws when reading the tape:

"unrecognized media has been found in location "tape drive" This media may have never been used, or may contain information generated by an incompatible program.

Thanks in advance.
CompTroubAsked:
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:
Hi,

Q1: Yes, you should be able to see VHD files.

Q2: Yes, it depends the extensions of the backed up files.

unrecognized media has been found in location sounds like either the tape is corrupted OR formatted by other software.
What if you open "computer management" go to removable storage and try to see what is on the tape?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if it was the old ntbackup utility, it wouldn't be a vhd
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
tried under removable storage, it can see the tape but when I check the properties it says: it has never been mounted, it has never been allocated.
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
I should clarify the above was for the side.

Under media it says "Media poot: Unrecognized\LTO Ultrium"

Typr LTO Ultrium (Read\Write)
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
What kind of drive are you using and what type of tape

ie what version of LTO drive and what version of tape?
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
Tape: LTO2 200/400 (Sony LTX200G)
drive: 420LTO / 96p1774
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
so if can't see  the files I am guessing they a corrupted?
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
So that looks like an IBM Half-Height LTO-2 drive and a LTO-2 Tape

On the face of it the drive and cartridge are compatible and you should be able to read the tape.
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CompTroubAuthor Commented:
Thanks but no. I can access the drive but not being able to see what is on them at all. Please see my replies above.

Thanks.
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
Then it looks like your tape is corrupt

Although there are several software packages and/or services that advertise that they can scan a complete tape.

try "tape recovery software" in Google
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