HOWTO extract files from a tape saved with VMS Backup
if you used a command similar to:
BACKUP/LOG DISK:[DIR...]/VERIFY TAPE1:SAVE.BCK/SAVE_SET/LABEL=LABEL1
and don't have access to the VMS station anymore you are at a similar situation
as I was.
After searching the net after tools that were capable to extract my vmsbackup files
from the DAT tapes I found a tool, but it did not read my tapes?
There is a tool that can dump a tape to a file-image (send me an email, and I will give you the link)
and my tool below takes that file-image and extracts
the readable files inside it to window-files.
More problem info:
- Windows XP, Windows 2000
- Access to normal scsi DAT tape station (just plug the dat-station to a windowsmachine, no installation requried, just reboot)
- No access to VMS stations
- Lots of backup in savesets in 10 year old DAT tapes.
One solution VMSBackup.exe
- 1 tape-image-filename
- Enter the tape image filename created with novatape...
- 2 extract files or extract file-list
- Try the extract file-list button first, the extract button takes some time for large files.
- 3 stop execution
- Cancel the execution by checking the stop
- 4 SaveSet
- Current save-set
- 5 Filename
- Current filename translation
- 6 Filelist
- Extracted files from tape-image
From tape to image-file
- Use a windows 2000/XP station with a scsi dat-tape drive or just plug in a dat-drive
to a scsi port and reboot the station, no installation required.
I have only tried with dat-tapes but it will probably work with any tape
that windows can understand. Please drop a mail if you found some workable setup.
- Get the ... tool and copy the tape to a tape-image-file on disk
Download and go
- get vmsbackup vmsbackup.zip, 181 088 bytes
- Extract the vmsbackup.exe (1 file) place it whereever and run...
if you like we can help you with extracting the files,
or do it yourself with the above tools.
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