IHeartCats wrote:I'm assuming the process you describe looses any data on them?
No, all the data will stay untouched, but the thing you should do when the tapes are back is right click on them and select "Catalog Tape" to preserve content.
IHeartCats wrote:Do you think there will every be the option to "un retire" tapes without needing this manual intervention?
I think the chances are low, since a tape gets Retired flag when the time has come and not accidentally, according to our experience.
Please keep in mind, It's not an official/unsupported solution that Harvey mentions, so make sure you have a backup before any changes in the database. Thanks!