Hi Dan,

Thanks for your interest!

So I let bscan run for almost 48 hours and then thought I should try and see if any records were added to the database: nothing was added except a job number and the volume name! I cancelled bscan and went into bconsole to verify and yes, nothing except as mentioned above.

I tried bls, and that was actually pulling file names off of the tape and I redirected it to a text file. From that info I ran bextract with the name of a project retrieved with bls. Bextract successfully restored the project to a local directory!!!

So now I'm letting bls run on the tapes and collecting the list in text files. Hoping I'll see the project I need to recover. Unfortunately, bls is also a very slow process; 48 hours and still not through listing a LTO-2, 400 Gb, tape; I've got 3 tapes to go through!

It is frustrating because I'm not even sure the needed project is even on these tapes. The backup was full, so I'm just deducing, and hoping, (that could be on a t-shirt: deducing and hoping), that it is there somewhere.

I'll post again in a day or so with the status.

Tom Plancon

On 4/7/2018 3:57 PM, Dan Langille wrote:
On Apr 3, 2018, at 11:56 AM, Tom Plancon <tplan...@bkaarchs.com> wrote:

Hi folks,

I'm running BSCAN to recover old data from LTO-2 tapes. The backup job spanned 
3 tapes/volumes. I ran the BSCAN command listing the volumes as required with 
the first tape in the drive - this is NOT an autochanger. BSCAN seemed to start 
OK, found the tape, dbase etc., and has been running now for about 24hrs with 
the first tape still in the drive!
bscan does take a very long time. I have no personal experience with it though.

So, my questions, will BSCAN ask for the next tape when the first is done? Or, 
how will I know how to change it? Should it be taking this long for a 400Gb 
tape? The tape drive moves for a few seconds, pauses a few seconds and moves 
again, now for a full day!

I'm trying to recover a specific project in this old data, there is probably 
over 100 projects saved on these tapes. Is there a better way to do this?

Any help appreciated! Thanks much!
It's been a few days. Any progress to report?

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