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Copying v4, v5, v6 tapes to a modern version of the app?

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Hmmm. I guess there's more to figure out here. I'm fairly certain, though not 100%, that v6.1 asks you to make a new tape media set when doing a copy/transfer TO a new tape media set. In my case I'm hoping that I can transfer some of my v6 File sets to an LTO tape, and in that process, Retrospect v6 is going to ask me to name the new media set. Can anyone clarify if this is correct? I don't have the LTO connected to the v6 machine yet, so I can't test it very easily. I could do it with my AIT drive, but I don't have any blank tapes at the moment. 

I've transferred a lot of old catalogs to v6 file sets because It seemed like a convenient step towards the end goal; no SAS card for the 2,1 Mac, and I really needed to get data off the slow media. Time is also a very big aspect here; old tape systems are loathsomely  slow.

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On 1/10/2021 at 9:20 PM, oslomike said:

Hmmm. I guess there's more to figure out here. I'm fairly certain, though not 100%, that v6.1 asks you to make a new tape media set when doing a copy/transfer TO a new tape media set.

I tend to play it safe, and create the new media set myself rather than relying on the software -- mainly because it gives me extra chances to check the name, settings, etc!

Finally got to go in to work this week, so I've fired up the old v6 server and I'll do some test wrt snapshots and the v6 set conversion.

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13 hours ago, oslomike said:

Thanks Nigel,  I'm interested in learning more about what works best.

I won't claim it's best -- but it's what works for me!

Meanwhile, I've run some tests -- and I am getting snapshots transferred in a v6 File Set conversion. Couple of wrinkles:

  1. The File Sets were created in RS v6.1.230 rather than transferred from tape
  2. The conversion was done with RS v13.5 -- the closest I have to v10 on hand
  3. Only one snapshot is shown in the rebuilt set until you go to "Media Sets", select the rebuilt set, select the "Backups" tab, and use the "Retrieve..." button to show the others. Alternatively you can use the "Restore" wizard, select the single-snapshot set, and use the "More Backups..." button to show the other snapshots.

So the snapshots are transferred. Whether that's because I'm using a different converting version of RS, a different workflow, or just delving deeper into the end result to find them -- who knows?

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