I was recently asked to restore the backups of some HP Ultrium LTO-3 tapes to a portable HDD, the company that owned the tapes liquidized and the old CEO wanted the backups in a form they could read on their computer. All the servers and associated software was promptly sold but i had a LTO-3 drive at work and they said they used retrospect for backups and so do we.
It sounded like this would be an easy task (nothing ever is) but Retrospect (7.6.123) reported "Content unrecognized"
I thought that maybe the tapes where incompatible so i took one of the same model HP spares from that backup set and successful wrote data to it.
To me that made it look like it was just retrospect that unable to recognize the tape format and maybe the drive was backed up from another software/version. (the information about the server environment was 2nd hand, no guarantee of accuracy)
So my question is, without knowing the software the files where backed up with can i still restore from backup? What software can i use for this task?
The tape drive is connected to a Windows 2008 server.