Standalone lto3(s) to lto5
I have this need which anyone with lots of old lto3 tapes would love to have and I am surprised there has not been any vendor jumping all over it.
I need to convert several hundred lto3 tapes to lt05s of course it would be necessary to be able to copy more than one lto3 tapes to a single lto5 or nothing would be gained. One problem I see is that there may be a end of tape problem when one tape is finished and the other started. It would also be neccessary that BE could restore a file or directory. I know I jumped over a few steps like cataloging etc. but this is the basic concept. It is not feasible to restore the lto3s and then archive to lto5. The length of time it would require to restore lto3(s) and then re archive to lto5 begs for a standalone type solution. That and the need to run the library realtime leaves precious little time which can be devoted to this task so it becomes a never ending ground losing battle. Maybe someone knows if this is done by one of the vendors already but my searches have come up empty. Obviously Symantec would be needed to work the end of tape problem.