Ubuntu: How to restore your files from a tape

  This is just like extracting a regular tar archive:  
tar -xvf /dev/[path to tape] [directory or file to restore]  
e.g.:  
tar -xvf /dev/st0 backups
  This will restore the “backups” file/folder to the current working directory. To check your current directory, you can use:  
pwd
  to make sure that you are restoring your files to the correct location!