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We have Arcserve 15 and need to restore data from an old tape. We use a GFS rotation schemes, but keep monthly and annual backups.

I've had a look at the 'Restore' section in Arcserve, but I don't see any obvious way to see all the various backups which have been taken over the past years. I can see there's restore by directory view, session view, media view etc. and I would have thought it would have been on restore by session view for example, but there's only approx. 50 backups listed, even if I change the date range to show ALL.

All of the tapes are stored off-site and they only have the tape ID on the labels, so we need to be able to review the list of backups that Arcserve has taken, look at the dates and confirm the tape ID's.
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Old backups are moved out of the Arcserve catalogue, so when you want to restore something from such a tape, you first have to catalogue it again so it gets added to the list.
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@ Rindi - thanks for the response. If you're using GFS and have explicitly defined retention, then I would expect these to be there. I can see various ones from a few years ago, just not all of them.
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I haven't used ArcServe for over 10 years, but we also used to use GFS and retention, and still had to read the catalog of tapes that weren't in the list.
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I don't see how you are supposed to know what data is on what tapes in that case?
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You'd have to keep a huge catalog. As most of the time no one needs to restore such old stuff anyway, they decided to make the catalogs smaller and more manageable, and expect the user to restore the catalogs if actually are needed in those rare cases. Besides, sometimes soemthing happens to the catalog on the disk, caused by crashes or file-system corruptions, so sometimes it is also possible that you loose something that hasn't been actually pruned from the catalog.
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