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  1. Russ - thank you for all of your help and my apologies if I wasn't clear. I think I have figured out the best way to accomplish what I need. After you suggested a backup set transfer, I noticed that the software ran out of memory when trying to transfer the entire set, and so I had to apply a date-range filter to narrow the selection so it didn't overflow available memory. That got me thinking about the 'select files and folders to restore' option. Previously I had been trying to restore a whole backup set or a whole 'disk'. Because of the way files were backed up then deleted, and the backup method of one full plus many incrementals - this didn't lend itself to efficient restores. However, with the 'select files and folders to restore', I can search across mutliple snapshots, much like I could in the backup set transfer selection screen. Again, I can't choose every file in the backup set, because it overflows, but I am now restoring all files backed up before a certain date, about 70GB worth, and they are restoring fine to the network drive I mentioned previously (it doesn't have a problem with large files). After that's complete, I expect I can then choose files between two dates and continue that process until all the files are restored. Again, sorry for the confusion - this was really not a problem except that I didn't know how to use the software. Thank you for the help, I'll let you know how it turns out in a few days once I write up instructions for the artists to finish these restores themselves. --Aaron Hutton P.S. I think the reason why the situation seems to be changing is because it has. I've been trying various solutions over the last week to get all the parts of this restore to work: 1) an external drive purchased to hold the restored data that uses an interface (firewire and usb2) that isn't available on the old G3. 2) an legacy backup program on a legacy Mac. 3) nontechnical staff who have been doing backups with this system and not knowing exactly how they are backing things up. It was trial-and-error, definitely. Again, my apologies if that made me a difficult person to help.
  2. LOL... yeah Russ, I have concerns as well! Not the least of which is that this project is becoming a quagmire! Well, I did not know that limitation with respect to Windows file systems. The disk in question is NTFS and is sitting off of a Windows 2003 server using the Mac file sharing service. It's a firewire and USB2 external WDC 'My Book', but unfortunately this G3 has no USB and no Firewire. So... it appears now my options are to - a) just go with plan a and do each restore in sequence (still makes me shudder) find a large enough hard drive lying around I can put inside the G3 and get the storage local c) get an external scsi enclosure and attach an external hard drive via the scsi interface on the machine. Also, thanks for double-checking - I did see the options for 'removable' and 'file' storage, and I was attempting to create the file storage. I also had problems with Retrospect erroring out when scanning the backup snapshots for files to move to the new storage set - there are options like 'use only the most recent version of a file' and 'put all the files from mutiple snapshots into one snapshot' that seem to be precisely what I want and need. But since there are so many files to scan through, Retrospect complains about running out of memory - but I was able to work around this by specifying a date range. Anyway, I still feel like I'm fumbling in the dark but at least getting somewhere! Thanks much! --Aaron
  3. OK, think I got that. And the problem is I'm not sure these were backed up effectively, because most of what they want is 'archiving'. So they'll fill up the 20GB hard drive with data, then back it up, then delete it off the hard drive. Another reason why it's spread out all over the tape sets and why just restoring the last won't do it. The first snag I've run into is Retrospect is complaining that my disk storage set can't be made large enough - it says there's a 2GB maximum. So... I may be stuck just restoring each snapsnot individually, or there a way to override this? Thanks for your help and advice, --Aaron
  4. Thanks for the advice Russ - you explained it perfectly. If I can clear enough space on the network drive, I may transfer the set to disk as you suggested and go from there. If anything, it should be faster to restore from! Also, if I understand you correctly, the last snapshot is the latest of all the data in the set. I will speak with the Art Director and see if she /really/ needs to have all the previous versions of these files. If not, then the last snapshot may suffice in the end. However, since I'm now off the hook as far as sitting there and doing the actual restores (my boss says just show them how to do it and it's their responsibility), they may want to restore each snapshot individually. Right now I think they take all the files required for each month's publication - as we're a publisher - and burn them onto DVD. So for magazine X, Aug 2007, here's everything that went into that 'zine. Probably the most effective way since 99% of the time the request for archived documents (for the artists anyway) comes from the editors and they ask 'Remember in Aug 2007 that ad we had on page 25? Use that this month.' Anyway, probably more info than you wanted. Thanks again! --Aaron
  5. Hi all. I'm hoping someone can help. I am not a Retrospect user, except that I've been told to find a way to restore all of our art department's legacy backups so it can be moved to alternate storage (DVD's probably). Retrospect 4 is running on a PowerMac G3. The first of their backup sets has about 44 tapes, and probably a couple of dozen 'snapshots' in the set. I did a complete restore of the first snapshot in the set, and was dismayed at amount of tape switching. The restore seemed to pull a few files of of many many tapes before finally pulling the bulk of the restore off of some of the later tapes in the set. It's well over an hour into a 40Gb restore, most of which was spent swapping tapes in and out. So, my question. Is there a way to simply take tape one 1 pull everything off of it, regardless of what snapshot its from, then move to tape 2, etc. The DAT drive this system uses is making noise that suggests it's not going to be operating much longer, so I'm looking for the most expedient way possible to restore the entire backup set, all snapshots. I'm going to want to seperate out the restored files into folders on an external hard drive. Does this make any sense? Am I stuck with my current method? Thanks for any help or advice. If I've not been clear, please tell me so and I will do my best to clarify. Thanks much, Aaron Hutton