SQL Server 2005: How To Restore a Database from a Backup

Your database is down, your users are in a panic, what do you do?. If you have been performing routine backups of your database, you can restore it to the point of the most recent backup. To restore your database, follow these steps:


1. Open SQL Server 2005 Management Studio.

2. Connect to the appropriate server.

3. Expand Databases.

4. Right-click the desired database, mouseover Tasks, mouseover Restore and select Database.

5. The Restore Database window will appear.

6. Ensure that the correct database name appears in the To database field. If not, select it from the dropdown.

7. Under Source for restore, select the From device radio button.

8. Click the button next to the textbox to select the device to restore from.

9. The Specify Backup window will appear.

10. Click Add and locate and select the backup file from the Locate Backup File Window. Click OK.

11. Under Select the backup sets to restore, select all three backups (full, transaction log, and differential).

12. In the left pane, select Options.

13. Under Recovery state, ensure that the Restore with Recovery radio button is selected.

14. Click OK to begin restoring the database.

15. Once the restore is complete, a notification box will appear. Click OK to close the box. You have now restored your database to the most recent state.

 

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  • umesh

    I taken backup of database from Sql server 2005 from other PC and try to Restore it on my PC. Both having Windows authentication. But i am facing following error

    System.Data.Sqlclient.sqlError:The media set has 2 media families but only 1 are provided.All member must be provided.(Microsoft.Sqlserver.Smo).

    IS it problem of Ownar . because owanr of .bak file is different from where i try to restore it.

    • Himanshu

      Hi,
      This is not the problem of owner, it is just because while selecting the restoring device there must be two paths (1. Default by Microsoft, 2. Given by you).
      So delete the default path given by SQL Server itself, so it remains only one path that is given by you.
      Do let me know in case this doesn’t work also
      Regards,
      Himanshu

  • sundar

    hello sir/madam,

    i have stored mdf file and ldf file in dotnet solution file. i have copied my project from another system. i have to restore the database inorder to run my dotnet project.
    i have followed your procedure, but when i click the ok button, it shows error.

    please help me….

    • How To attach database sql

      mdf and ldf files are not sql2005 based.. its sql 2000.. so install that and not need to restore.. you right click the database in enterprise manager in sql2000..attach the MDF file from location.. then run the program

  • Shamsul

    Great step by step guidance. Worked a treat for me who is a complete novice

  • Osmar Mateus

    I need to restore my database to a new location (we are moving to another server).

    What do I have to do in this case?

    Thanks

  • Sunil

    Really This was very helpfull to me.
    Thank You!!
    Thank You very much

  • http://www.akalinfosys.com/ R Biswas

    I have tried the above steps but didnt work out. I have 2 database servers, one with SQL Server ver 7.0 and other with SQL Server 2005. Can anyone help me out how to restore the backup file (.BAK) from the SQL Server 7.0 to SQL Server 2005 database other than using the above steps, as that didnt work and showed a versoion conflict error.

  • David Collins

    What if the Specify Backup window remains blank after you have already selected the .bak file in the previous screen. With it being blank, you are unable to restore.
    Any ideas?

  • http://www.etalon-jenavi.org/ Jeff

    Hello!
    How to restore with old name of PC and instances?

  • Anonymous

    How about restoring the back up created in SQL server 2005 and then restoring it in SQL Server 2008?

    Can some one post the steps for performing the above task.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Anonymous

    Are the steps the same if the backup was done in SQL Server 2000?

  • Anonymous

    hi,iam having a .bak file with size 2323KB.when i try to restore it
    the error msg comes like “to many backup devices specified for backup or restore;
    only 64 are allowed.restore database is terminating abnormally.”
    how can i restore it in sql2005.
    thank u in advance.

  • Anonymous

    i need to restore my database in sql server 2005 and as i follow the procedure above there still an error. it shows this:

    “system.data.sqlclient.sqlerror:directory lookup the file C:program filesmicrosoft sql serverMSSQLDATASTUDENTS INFOREMATION.MDF failed with the operating system error 3(the system cannot findthe path specified.).(microsoft.sqlserver.express.smo)”

    im using windows 7 and visual studio 2008

    can someone help me regards this matter.

    tnx..

    • Priya pawse

      hi nhiel,
      i m facing same problem….do u find any solution..
      plz help me out…
      thanx..in advance…
      regards,
      priya

  • Anonymous

    i do the same but one eror s came like
    “the database s in use”

  • Thanks

    Thank you very much it works

  • Grinathela 1983

    Hi i have restored database using backup file(.bak) .But it shows me error as ” Restore failure at server(Microsoft.sqlserver.smo) .How to avoid that error and restore my database .

  • Mithun

    Hi
    i have a problem in restoring database in sql server managnebt studio 2005 when i restoring….. the window wil automatical close…… plz help me to restore….

  • priya jose

    while i am restoring my database backup i got the following message
    “System.Data.SqlError: the media set has 2 media families but only 1 are provided.All members must be provided.”
    can you please help me??

    • Sohaib

      hi,iam having a .bak file with size 2323KB.when i try to restore it
      the error msg comes like “to many backup devices specified for backup or restore;
      only 64 are allowed.restore database is terminating abnormally.”
      how can i restore it in sql2000.
      thank u in advance.
      Regards
      Sohaib

      • 33ranjith

        hai,
        i used sql server 2005 in windows 7 to take backup.. Now i want to restore the database backup file in sql server 2005 in windows xp sp2…

        Plz some body help to me
        with regards
        Ranjith Daniel

      • VIKI

        > Hi Sohaib….
        > Have you got any idea for your regards, if you have na share it… I’m waitting

    • ntn

      Me too!
      I brought my bak file (file A) to other PC, error the same while other bak file (file B) using to restore nomal. Now, i want using database from file A, but restore error.
      Please help me!

    • Student

      > I am getting the same problem pls help me

  • Kundanravi

    i want to restore more than one backup can u help me

  • Amit

    Hi all
    i have a query regarding the restoring a back and transactional log. I have a every 1 hour full back and if any crash between 1 hour,i want transactional log between last back up and failure time. How i can get that log. and how it will be restore again…

    Thanks in Advance
    Amit

  • eggman

    Hi,

    What do I need to do when the “Restore” option is grayed out? What does this mean?

    Thanks much!!

  • Kamlesh

    hi, this is nice restoration technique through query wizard

    kamlesh bijarniya

  • Venkatreddy
  • Rajesh

    Hi, Is there anyway we can do retsore using a script/batch file? Thanks.

  • Priyapawase

    i need to restore my database in sql server 2005 and as i follow the procedure above there still an error. it shows this:

    “system.data.sqlclient.sqlerror:directory lookup the file C:program filesmicrosoft sql serverMSSQLDATASTUDENTS INFOREMATION.MDF failed with the operating system error 3(the system cannot findthe path specified.).(microsoft.sqlserver.express.smo)”

    im using windows 7 and visual studio 2008

  • ashpsky

    while restoring my bakup file in MS SQL 2005 it gives -

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: Directory lookup for the file “c:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL.1MSSQLDATAtest_infoguideDatabase.mdf” failed with the operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.). (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

    this error

    • Sneha

      Me too findind this error while restoration…what does it means…plz suggest any suitable way to remove this

  • krish

    hi
    i restore my database in sqlserver after restore default it display some path(D:\OTHERS\PROJECTS\TENDERMANAGEMENTSYSTEM\APP_DATA\TMSDATABASE.MDF) but i store my db in some other location..

    plz help me how to clear this error

  • Vinnu

    Hello

    sql server by default provides some path… u can restore ur db in ur own location jst click on that path and specify ur own path.

  • unine

    Hi,

    How to move or change the default path of restore file?

    thank you,

  • http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2081/sql_server_2005_how_to_restore_database_backup/ nataraj

    while creating back up file in and restoring in same system is working

    But i want restore the file in other system

    so

    please help me ……………………..

  • Tony

    Hello,
    I backup my database from sql 2000 and restored it in sql 2005, everything was successful during the restore process. I then decided to open my software to continue my work, but anytime i put in the user name and password I get an error message like this “invalid object name dbo.userSubordinate”; it then says click continue. But after clicking continue, its abort operation.
    What do I do to get my software working? Please help.

  • Sneha

    What this error means
    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The backup set holds a backup of a database other than the existing ‘Online Entertainment World’ database. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

  • Triven

    Nicely done..

    Thanks

  • Richard

    Hello!
    I have a probrem with step 11. When i click on add, there’s no .bak files. I made a new database, than i wanted to restore it, the bak files were missing. What should I do? I started a search in my machine but no results. What can i do to aear those files? Thank you!

    • David Kirk

      If you don’t have backup files, you can’t restore.

  • Adam

    I have found the article is very informative. I still remember when my database also got corrupted and I faced so many troubles to recover it. At that time my friend suggested me SQL Database Recovery Software. The software recovered my corrupted database & also gave me report of full recovery process. I can also recommend to all those users who don’t have backup of their database, they should use Stellar Phoenix SQL Recovery Software to get back corrupt database.

  • yossi

    I followed the instructions and at the end of the process I received an error that says:
    “Restore failed for server “home”. (Microsoft. SqlServer.Smo
    Additional information
    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The media set has 2 media families but only 1 are provided. All
    members must be provided. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)
    The server where I made the backup is other then the one I wnat to restore the database and had a different instance name. The backup file is a one fila with “bak” extension.
    Any reason why it is not working for me?
    Thanks

  • nadeem

    thanx, with these option i am able to restore sqlsever 2005 database back inti sqlserver express 2008..

  • Christian

    thank you!

  • salman

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: Directory lookup for the file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.3\MSSQL\DATA\Online_Emailer_WithDataStorage.mdf” failed with the operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.). (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo
    how can i solve this

  • salman

    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: Directory lookup for the file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.3\MSSQL\DATA\Online_Emailer_WithDataStorage.mdf” failed with the operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.). (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo