VMS Tapes to PC

May 1, 2012 at 06:24:27
Specs: Windows 7
Sorry, I haven't used VMS in over 13 years but I have been given a load of tapes that were backed up using VMS.

Is there a software I can install which would allow me to restore these tapes to a PC? Will I have to locate one of the older VAX machines we had? If all else fails, can this OpenVMS be run under a virtual machine if tape restore is the only function I really care works?

Thanks,
Mike


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#1
May 1, 2012 at 08:02:34
A lot will depend upon when the tapes were created and with what. Assuming that BACKUP was used, you have a decent chance to recover the files. The caveat however, is the file format. Using an OPenVMS emulator package should work assuming that the hardware will support the tapedrive you require. An alternative is to locate someone with Vax or Alpha hardware and the appropriate tapedrive to restore the files and perhaps create a D or DVD with the files you need. Again, the file format may be an issue here.

Any idea what you are looking for in terms of files?

Dan


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#2
May 1, 2012 at 08:23:46
I was looking to pull some project files out. Though our platform has changed over the years, the project file formats have not.

Basically I just want to restore these files and their folder structure (the relative structure is consistant across systems) and archive them into a more updated storage system where the information can be indexed and searched by others.

I know that the tapes were made on microVAX machines running VMS, don't really recall the version today. I can go insearch of one of the microVAX machines and might actually find one but of course would be happy to forgo this if there is a software solution available.

I have no intentions of restoring any system files. Basically just project and Project output folders and files.

Thanks,
Mike


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#3
May 1, 2012 at 09:15:25
THe tapedrive is most likely either a TK50 or TK70. The age of tapes might be a problem as there are issues with "sticktion". In otherwords the tape itself sticks and halts the transfer process. If you are on the east coat, I can help. I have a VAX and Alpha both of which have TK type drives available. Shoot me an Email with details.

Dan


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#4
May 1, 2012 at 10:53:54
These are DAT tapes, most are DDS60's.

Anyway I was optimistically hoping that there was a utility for this or at worse I would be building a Virtual Machine for the task.

Thanks for the info.


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#5
May 2, 2012 at 04:24:10
If you get stuck, I do have an Alpha with a DAT tapedrive.

Dan


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