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Hello everyone,

I'm in a bit of a pickle here! About a year ago i switched from Retrospect 8 using LTO2 tapes to retrospect 11 using LTO4 tapes. Because i have a library of about 100 tapes i never bothered to copy all the old LTO2 tapes to the new LTO4 tapes. I just kept 1 system that uses Retrospect 8 and has all the catalog files on it, stupid as i am i never made a backup of the catalog files. A few days ago the old system(that has all the catalog files) crashed and the catalogs seem to have been lost in the process. 

Does anyone know if there is a way to access/offload the files that are on the tapes without the catalog files?

Your help would be much appreciated! 

Kind regards,

Jordi Wolters

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That depends on what actually "crashed" on the old system. The catalog files may still be readable if you take out the hard drive.


If not, you can recreate the catalog files from the tapes. It will take a while, but it's doable.

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