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Restore without using snapshots?


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I'm new to Retrospect - have just come from HP Data Protector Express - and have a dunce question. I work at a media production company where we run two sets of backup sets backing up to LTO5. The first backups up finished jobs for long term archival. Media is essentially dumped into this big set and left. The second set grooms and backups up current jobs weekly and we recycle this stock regularly. I've run about half a dozen Backup jobs now across both sets and went to restore a file the other day. The problem was I had to pick which snapshot to restore from. When I go to pick which folders to bring back in Retrospect only lists files from the specific snapshot. I can't seem to pick multiple snapshots or select files without first selecting a snapshot. I just want to see a list of everything I've backed up in the set. Is this possible and how would I go about doing it?

 

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Okay, so I've send a similar question off to Retrospect support but I'm not sure they understood it clearly (perhaps I didn't express it clearly enough) because the answer recommended using the various snapshots to browse the files in a Backup Set. Which is precisely what I want to get around. So is there any way to view all the files in a Set in one big go without having to dig through the snapshots individually? Every other tape backup software I've used has this feature so I know it must be hidden away somewhere within Retrospect! Thanks for reading

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Ah right, so in trawling through some related posts I stumbled across this: http://forums.retrospect.com/index.php?/topic/26721-way-to-view-tape-contents/

 

Using the Restore>Find Files job I ran a search on *.* files and that seemed to return the entire catalog. I can then go and browse the whole Backup Set and hunt down whatever it is I'm looking for. Thanks twickland for the tip - it's so obvious now I can't believe it missed it!

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