I have a SONY AIT+ Autoloader from LaCie, and am using Retrospect 4.2 to
do network backups.

Tonight, I have to switch Backup sets.

Problem is there is an "erased" tape in the autoloader, as well as the
"1-Backup" and "2-Backup" tapes that normally go with this Backup Set.

I need Retrospect to do a recycle backup onto the 1-Backup tape and then
proceed onto the 2-Backup tape, and leave the renamed erased tape alone
for my offsite backup at the end of the week.

In the past, I have found that if Retro stumbles across an erased tape
(even one that has been renamed via the erase function) it will simply use
that as a Backup Set media, rename it, and to hell with anything else.

What is the priority of operations?  Does "Writing to any tape that is
erased or named 1-Backup" mean that Retro looks for erased tapes first, or
does it seek named tapes first and resort to erased tapes if it can't find
a named tape?

Also, why does it treat erased tapes that have been named as simply blank
tapes that it can assign to any backup set it wants?  I specifically name
the tapes so it will associate them with the proper backup set, but this
doesn't seem to matter when Retro runs unattended and loops through my

Paul Fabris
IS Manager
Market Connections Inc.
25 Sheppard Ave. West, Toronto ON M2N 6S6
(416) 223-2250 x224

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