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  1. Running Retrospect 9.5 for Windows, have been doing encrypted backups to external drives. The PC that was running Retrospect crashed and we've had to re-install WIndows and all the applications, including Retrospect 9.5. I have a bunch of RDB files in a sub-folder on an external drive. How do I re-create the database and restore files from this backup set? I do have the encryption key handy. I tried copying the folder with all the files to the PC, then trying to recreate the catalog but when navigating to the copied folder, it shows nothing and I have no OK button to click, just cancel. Lost and need some help. Thanks!
  2. Using Retrospect Desktop version on a Windows 10 Pro PC (10.0.18363) with all latest updates installed. I'm trying to restore some images from a particular directory. In particular all images ending in *.nef that are found in two subdirectories. The image below shows my backup set (Archive_Drive) and the path to those 'nef' files from the most recent snapshot (6-27-2020): The system path is 'D:\Data\Greg\Pictures\2016\2016-04-01 - Watercolor'. The system path is 'D:\Greg\Pictures\2016\2016-04-01 - Watercolor'. I used the option 'Restore --> Find Files' to select the 'nef' files in subdirectories within the above path. Here is my search criteria: I have the option to check this selector against my "D:\" drive and I do: This is the same path that is found in the 'Archive' backup set in the first image. It finds 69 'nef' files in 2 folders. I click on 'OK' in my searching and retrieval dialog box. Retrospect searches my Archive_Drive backup set and 0 files are found: I also tested this search by creating the same selector as above and the selector finds the 'nef' files. I've rebuilt the catalog file from disk. I've checked (windows) permissions on my drive and folders. I don't think it would, but would an upgrade to 17 fix this? Are there any other options to 'fix' the backup set? Thanks for any help. Greg
  3. I am surprised this is not an obvious functionality. Scenario: - Existing drive, good backups - For !@#$% reasons, a chunk of an NTFS partition was literally zero'd out at a low level - Result: files are all in place but I guarantee their contents have changed. Consider it bit rot on a massive scale What I need: - Restore essentially all backed-up files, ignoring the fact that the metadata matches perfectly - In other words, I want to do a restore-with-overwrite. - Important note: I do NOT want to simply restore the volume if at all possible, because there are many new/changed files not in the backup. I can't find a way to do this. What am I doing wrong? Mostly, it auto-deselects all the files that appear to already be there (matching in size and date stamps). Any ideas much appreciated. I'm about ready to do the obvious/pain-in-the-neck workaround... - Find all new files and copy elsewhere and/or - Delete all files that aren't new THANKS! Pete
  4. I've been interested in new ways you may have found to use Retro 16 to fully restore a machine after an OS (bare metal) Erase and Install of the Mojave OS. Anybody have a proven step-by-step after such an OS upgrade using Retrospect 16 instead of Time Machine, for example to migrate data, users, settings? Alternatively, in a bare metal install recreating the user manually how about to migrate the users information (data files/folders) if all the user setting are in place. Maybe discuss here the pros and cons of each?
  5. Hello, I am using images in this post in hopes that it will clarify what I am doing. I apologize if they don't do that. Please let me know if any further info is required. I'm using Retrospect Version 10.5: I am trying to restore my Windows 10 PC from a backup, because I could no longer boot into Windows 10 when when powering on. I am using the Retrospect Recovery CD. I first tried to restore over the original windows installation, but that failed with the same errors and I still could not boot into Windows. So I deleted the Windows partition and reinstalled Windows from a Windows installation CD. I can now boot into Windows 10. I then used the Retrospect Recovery CD and attempted to restore the Windows drive from my backup set (named "Archive_Drive"). I configure the restore options as the image below shows: Within minutes after starting the restore, I get a dialog box that states "Warning: All data on the following volumes will be lost:" The volume is the drive that contains the backup set used to restore the drive: At this point I cancel the operation. I have tried renaming the Windows drive letter to "C:" but the same dialog box appears. I don't want to click "OK" since I fear that it will wipe out my backup set files! Here is a list of the drive configuration (from the Retrospect Recovery CD "Configure drives" option): I am restoring to the "G:" drive. Any help is appreciated. Greg Noelken
  6. I'm using a Disaster Recovery Disk created by Retrospect 12.0 to restore the contents of my failing (getting SMART errors) system hard disk onto a new disk. "Restoring an entire volume" from a full backup set created with Retrospect 9.5 results in this error: + Executing Restore from Backup at 4/9/2017 6:55 PM To volume OS (D:)... - 4/9/2017 6:55:04 PM: Restoring from Backup Set A2, Snapshot CB-17R, 3/26/2017 10:11:36 AM 4/9/2017 6:57:40 PM: Finished deleting 191,345 unnecessary files and 28,542 unnecessary folders on destination 4/10/2017 5:53:07 AM: Creating folders 4/10/2017 5:53:30 AM: Finished creating 66,387 folders 4/10/2017 5:53:30 AM: Copying VSS writer files 4/10/2017 6:04:02 AM: Finished copying VSS writer files 4/10/2017 6:04:02 AM: Copying properties for 66,387 folders Folder "\\?\Volume{c36d2647-0c55-11e2-80ce-806e6f6e6963}\\Users\Default User\.": can't write security information, error -1119 (directory not empty) 4/10/2017 6:07:15 AM: Finished copying properties for 66,387 folders System configuration restored, please reboot the computer. 4/10/2017 6:07:21 AM: 1 execution errors Completed: 510480 files, 696.2 GB Performance: 1074.6 MB/minute Duration: 11:12:10 (00:08:58 idle/loading/preparing) While the resulting system disk will boot, it's worthless. Files are locked, application links are gone, etc. I've already solved the problem by using Paragon's Disk-to-Disk OS Migration software to copy my old disk onto my new disk, but I really want to solve this problem in case a true disaster strikes! Thanks in advance for any help.
  7. Hi, I've just rebuilt my catalog for a media set to be restored. I'd like to know that the files are ok as they been transferred over different drives. I know I can verify the media set to check this. In order to save time, if I just went ahead and did the restore, would that be doing a verify anyway? Thanks
  8. Hi We have got an old Backup-set with over 80 tapes, LTO2 and LTO3 and bought a new tape loader....(that is LTO6). But we also have an old single drive LTO3. We don´t have diskspace to restore the complete set. My plan is to restore not the set but the tape it self. Is there some way to restore all the content of a Tape instead of a set? If not, does anybody have a good idea how I can solve my problem, to restore around 87 tapes to a 3TB disk. The transfer it all to new LTO6 media? The current version is Retrospect 7 Multi server, but we will upgrade to the latest version in the process.
  9. Hi, I'm recovering from a Windows 2008 r2 SBS Exchange 2007 Server that suffered a RAID 5 Total Loss. The RAID 5 housed shared files, SQL Database Data and Exchange Storage Groups. I have Retrospect 8.5 with which I have used to restore all Files/Folders without issue apart from inherited permissions which have been resolved. I backed up all the Outlook Clients locally to PST, which without using Retrospect have managed to upload back to the Users. The issue I am having is with the Mac Users. All accounts were quickly disabled within Apple Mail as soon as we knew what was happening. But because within the Mail Preferences it was set to Store Sent Items on the Server they have all been lost. When I go into Retrospect > Restore > Mailbox I then choose the Source > Destination > Items Chosen and Restore the Data to the Mailbox. It says all has been Restored without Errors or Warnings. But when I look at the Exchange webmail none of the email has been restored. I notice that the Destinations includes Mailboxes that I have not yet rebuilt, so assume that Retrospect is recovering the emails into an old Storage Group which no longer exists. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, but 95% of the business has been restored and is working, I have only lost the Sent Items from all the Mac's Any help would be much appreciated as these users sent emails are critical to the business. Cheers
  10. I'm currently busy with a machine where a 1TB drive was partitioned into three approximately 330GB partitions. "C" became full and an adjacent partition was deleted so that the space could be allocated to "C" 1. Since the deleted partition was on the LEFT of "C", allocating this unpartitioned space to "C" proved impossible from within Windows 7 as this only allows merging with partitions to the RIGHT of "C" ... and then also not always. 2. The next option was to do a Retrospect Disaster Recovery onto a 'test' 500GB drive, just to check if all's well. I could then delete existing "C" completely, restore the backup onto a resized partition and create a second partition once the computer reboots. This also proved impossible: apparently the restore drive has to match the physical size of the entire drive (not just the partition) from which "C" was backed up. 3. I then tried "restoring an entire volume" onto the 500GB drive from within Retrospect in Windows 7. This also proved impossible ... the computer wouldn't boot from the restored drive. Tried re-creating the MBR etc. from the System Repair disc, but still no booting PC. Tried the System Repair disk ... still no luck. My last option is to load Windows 7 onto the 500GB drive, and then restore the Retrospect backup. This should boot up. If yes, then I can safely delete the 1TB drive and restore the backup onto a suitably-sized partition ("2" above should then not be a problem). All this work simply to create more space for "C"! If I had known the headache this would cause I would simply have bought Acronis Disk Director 12 and resized, merged, shifted the partitions as required (unfortunately Powerquest Partition Magic is no longer supported - this software was literally 'magic'). Comments would be welcome.
  11. Hello I have a problem with Retrospect, it constantly forgets the name of some tapes. As the tape in slot # 4 (in attachment), this is named 85-done_bandarkiv, which is visible as soon as it is moved into the drive. Although the tape in the drive is forgotten as soon as it ends up back in the library. The problem starts when you have two tapes that are forgotten and will restore files and the right tape is missing from the library. Then it becomes an infinite loop, where it reads a (unknowm) tape, moving it back to library and forget the name of the tape ..... therefore takes the next tape and then the same tape again ...... How can we solve this? We also have several older tapes that have damaged barcodes, is it possible to replace them with new barcodes? Is it what the tape is named or barcode that determines which tape is which in the backup set? With the above problem, it feels like that's what the tape called that determines this? Right or wrong?
  12. Hi, I have need to restore a backup from Retrospect that is presumably pretty old but I don't know which version it was created with. When I try restoring with Retrospect 6, I receive an error like the .rbc file is not a valid catalog or is heavily damaged. Is there a way to determine the version needed for restore? I have searched a lot on this forum and Google with no luck. Thanks for any help!!
  13. My HDD is failing. I have purchased and installed a Samsung 850 EVO SSD to replace and tried to clone but this has failed due to the state of the HDD. The PC is still working - just. I am not sure if the Retrospect disaster disk I made long ago will still work and before I try it, I recall Robin Mayoff helpfully suggested a few years ago a simpler route via a "live restore" - installing windows to the new disk, then Retrospect, then restore entire volume. Will this work with a new SSD instead of HDD (same size), or what is your preferred suggestion, please? (I am presently contemplating a clean install to the new SSD, but would prefer not to if possible - unless I could then restore to it.) My OS is Windows 7 Pro (up to date), and Retrospect is rather old at 7.7. I have a good current backup up set on an external HDD and cat files are on a USB stick. Many thanks
  14. I am setting up a test machine as an upgraded version of another, production machine. I wanted to restore a part of its filesystem with the current, production data on the production machine. I started a restore from the production media set (v9_icompute) to the "favorite" before midnight. While that restore was running, a normal, incremental backup ran to the same media set. The restore and the backup were running at the same time. The restore failed with this message: + Executing Restore Assistant - 12/18/14 11:04 PM at 12/18/14 (Activity Thread 1) 12/18/14 11:09:29 PM: Connected to Hope-temp To volume EIMS3 on Hope-temp... - 12/18/14 11:09:29 PM: Restoring from v9_daily_eims, Snapshot Hope, 12/18/14 12:02:39 AM State information not restored, can't access Snapshot 12/19/14 4:37:18 AM: 1 execution errors Completed: 2303 files, 8.4 GB Performance: 26.1 MB/minute Duration: 05:27:49 (00:00:16 idle/loading/preparing) It looks like the backup created a new snapshot, and "hid" the one that was being used by the restore, and at the end of the restore, it went to set permissions, and it was… gone! This seems to me a bug. Retro should not allow the restore and backup to run concurrently if it does not work (reliably). Retro 10.5 engine on Mac OS X 10.8.5 Client Mac OS X 10.8.5, retro client
  15. I am trying the demo of Mac Retrospect 11.5 and have a question regarding the Restore>"Search for files in selected media sets" search functions. The ANY, NONE, & ALL pop-up choices do not seem to work as expected (selecting one and having it "stick"), or as they typically work in other applications. Even with using the Option key and clicking the different + buttons it doesn't appear possible to set my searches as needed. I'm hoping this is just a problem of understanding on my part. For example, how would you set Retrospect to search for any of several file names (ANY), and limit results (ALL) to those found with file names ending in ".tif"? The pop-ups do not allow a choice of the proper term, though nothing is grayed out as if unavailable. It seems illogical. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. Mavericks 10.9.5
  16. Hello all! I have a feeling the solution I am looking for is obvious, but I cannot see it. Simply put, I would like to restore an entire volume to its previous state AND (BUT?) fully maintaining all new files and folders on the destination. It sounds so simple, but... Thank you for any advice. Alex, Retro 11.0.1 for Mac
  17. I have a disk media backup set with one member (a 6TB RAID) which according to the summary tab has 3363 backups and 11,504, 004 files. In the backups tab it shows me about 400 backups. When I click the 'Retrieve...' button I get an empty dialog (i.e. the other 2900 odd backups aren't shown). Any suggestions as to how to get to those other backups? This media set was recently rebuilt (following a groom-related crash) and it did show backups in the 'Retrieve' dialog immediately after the rebuild. Since then the machine has been doing backups with no crashes. thanks, Ron
  18. Hi, i'm using Retrospect 10.5 on a Mac 10.6.8 Server. The current backups and restoring are working fine. Our former backups were built with Retrospect 6 under Mac OS 10.4. Now I tried to restore some files from these old media sets but didn't succeed. The README file said: "Before it’s possible to search or restore from a 6.x Backup Set using Retrospect 10 for Mac, a Retrospect 10 Catalog must first be created. To create a version 10 Catalog from the 6.x media, go to the Media Sets view in Retrospect 10 for Mac, click on the Rebuild button in the toolbar, add the Backup Set members (like “1-Backup Set A” and “2-Backup Set A”) that contain the backup data, click Next, and then click Rebuild. You will need to tell Retrospect where to save the new Catalog. Retrospect will then scan over the backup media and generate a new Catalog. This will take some time. Once this process completes, you will be able to restore from that Backup Set." I tried to follow these instructions but it fails - adding a member doesn't show any result and no new catalogue is created. Any hints or ideas what to do? If additional info is required, please let me know. Thanks!
  19. When searching for files/folders to restore, how do I set the preference to restore only the most recent versions?
  20. Retro 10.2.0 (221) running on Mac OS X 10.8.x I would like to have a Mac OS X volume that is case sensitive, and back it up with Retrospect. I generally test before I rely on them, and I have found that case-sensitive restores do not work on local volumes, nor with a "new" client. If I have 3 files "FILE", "file" and "File" on a case sensitive volume, they are restored correctly on a Mac OS X 10.5 client running on a PPC machine. (client v 6.3.029), but that is the ONLY way I can get it to work correctly. On local volumes (local to the machine running the Retro engine) they come out as "FILE", "File-1" and "file-2". I get the same result on several variations of local volumes that are formatted as HFS case-sensitive. I have also tried this on a Mac OS X client running 10.6.8, and Retro client 10.2.0 (221). I formatted an external Firewire drive case-sensitive, journalled. I got the File-1, file-2 result. Obviously, this would not be acceptable where many files depend on case differences. Is case sensitivity supported? I am squeamish about relying on my 10.5 PPC system for something I need, and if I start doing this, it will be "production" for me. Thanks,....
  21. It is a frustration to me that the only way to select specific files to restore is to go through the "wizard". It would also be really nice to be able to save the file selection in a script. With the OLD Retro, I had scripts set up with the source and destination and options pre-set, and all I had to do for the restore is select the files. I can't do that any more. :-(
  22. Hi, I have uppgraded to v10.5.0 (145) (i have a macpro 2008 with Mac OSX 10.7.5) recently and it has been going well. Im about to change the disks of my stripe set and I wanted to test a restore operation before doing this. I took one directory to restore 121 gb of data. When restore started It reported it will take 96 hours to do !!! When looking the speed of restroing it is around 21-30Mb/min ? This stripe set is capable of 2.1 - 2.3Gb/min ... If I would translate to replacing the entire disk it would take 1500 hours... (this woild not be possible) Any ideas ??? Mikael
  23. Hi- I am trying to restore a BKF file from an old Maxtor One Touch using the Retrospect 6.0 that came with it on an old Windows XP laptop. But it will only allow me to select sets (rbf and rbc) files in the restore function. What am I missing? Thank you!
  24. I have a 2012 Mac Pro Server (3.2GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon, 16GB RAM) running Mountain Lion Server 10.8.4 and Retrospect 10.1.0 (221). It's connected to a G-Tech G-Speed ES Pro 12TB (9TB RAID 5) connected via mini SAS to an ATTO ExpressSAS R680 and a Overland NEO 200s connected via fibre channel. I have been running Daily, Weekly and Monthly backups for the last 6+ months to LTO5 tape with no issues. Ran a couple simple and small test restores to a local second hard drive on the Mac Pro and that went fine. Now I've run into an issue that required me to re-format the external RAID and restore from tape backup. Should be easy using the previous weeks full weekly backup along with the daily incremental backups should put me very close to where I need to be. Unfortunately I can't for the life of me get Retrospect 10 to restore the data without going non-responsive most of the way through. I have had to force quit Retrospect multiple times and re-boot the server to restart it. I have 3.8TB to restore and the best I can get is about 3TB before it locks up. I have tried multiple times to "Restore only missing files" but the progress details show the entire 3.8 TB remaining. The entire restore should take roughly 8 hours but it never finishes. Retrospect support has helped with a few things but unfortunately I still need help and their support is closed on the weekends, unfortunately I don't have that luxury. Thanks in advance to any help I can get.
  25. Hi all This is probably the dumbest, most basic question of all time...but this driving me up the wall. Coming from R6, I'm used to being able to do easy multiple criteria searches of archive data prior to restores. In the current case I want to execute the following 'search and restore': I want to find and restore only the ".jpg" files that I archived in any folders that ended in "11-11" (ie: any jpegs that I archived in the month of November 2011). Using the Search For Files & Folders To Restore option in R9, I'd have expected to build a search as follows: Find files and folders where ALL of the following are true: Folder > Name > Ends With > 11-11 File > Name > Ends With > .jpg My problem? For the love of little green apples I can't get the ALL option to stick: it keeps resetting to ANY. Any suggestions? Also - and pushing the boat out further - is there anyway of displaying a figure for the number of files that are about to be restored? Again, R6 used to do this.... All help appreciated. C PS: Amy using R9.0.2 on a 10.6.8 XServe with a 16-slot Quantum Tape Library
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