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OK, I have a bunch of tape backups here that were dropped to me from my boss. They are old archives that were written from some system in the past on an OnStream ADR SC-50 tape drive. The tapes are 25GB (50GB compressed). I have no idea what is on them, or how they are to be restored. I just installed the tape drive with the SCSI card on our server and everything seems to be functioning. I can successfully use the 'mt' command to control the drive and eject the media.
Now, I have this box full of tapes I need to figure out what to do with. Now idea what is on them or how they were backed up. I can't even seem to get KDat working either. It keeps saying a tape is not in the drive, even when I point it to /dev/osst1 or the symbolic links I made to /dev/tape. Anyways, how would I go about finding out what is on these tapes, and from there, how do I start restoring the data onto the server?
well, from reading that, it more describes the installation of the floppy tape driver and using it for archiving and restoring using tar. My problem is that I don't know how the data is archived on these tapes, and I don't know how to find out.
I have the SCSI driver for the drive and controller installed, and the drive does work. I did a cpio backup for the heck of it to try it out and that seemed to work on a blank tape. But I am still at a dead end when it comes to finding out what is on the tapes, or even how the data is archived... or even if it is compressed.
Ok, for some reason, the DD command didn't work giving me an I/O error.
Anyways, I talked to a few people and did a bit of googling, and found out that the tapes may have been recorded on Windows 2000 through a program called OnStream Echo. If that is the case, is there anything in Linux that may be able to read archived data on tapes written in this program?