Subject: Re: VMS backup
To: Wojciech Puchar <>
From: Johnny Billquist <>
List: port-vax
Date: 04/03/2002 18:48:39
On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, Wojciech Puchar wrote:

> i've got tape from someone asking me if i can restore data from it. it's
> DDS-1 tape.
> i found blocksizes (8k) and then restored 6 tape-files total.
> 3 first were 80 bytes each, then 72MB (which looks like dump) and then 2
> 80-byte files.
> as this header files has "DECVMSBACKUP" text i think it's backup from VMS.


Those small "files" are the normal ANSI tape labels and file headers. Find
any program that reads ANSI tapes, and you'll see a tape containing only
one file, your VMS BACKUP saveset.

> does anybody know program that can extract files from it?
> or format of this dump file?

Under VMS: Use BACKUP. :-)

It might help if you tell what system you want to read this saveset on.
There might be some freeware program that extracts files, but I'm pretty
sure there are some commercial alternatives as well.


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