winzipping a  backup of a  large DB (22G)

Posted on 2003-02-21
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Can you winzip a  backup of a  large DB (22G)
Question by:kdeleon
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Not without detaching the database first.  See the sp_detach_db and sp_attach_db system Stored Procedures for more info.


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nielsp earned 150 total points
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Create a DB_Maintenanceplan that creates a backup for you, then zip this backupfile
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by:Anthony Perkins
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nielsp is right,  I misread your question.  There should be no problem doing a winzip of a SQL backup.

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ID: 8012712
Actually, while zipping database and database backup files works, you WILL have a problem -- WinZip will throw the following error:
"The size of {filename} exceeds the maximum file size of 4 gigabytes allowed by the Zip 2.0 format."

Unfortunately, at this time I don't know of any other archival software that will handle files this size.


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ID: 8014467
And there's a point for KatanaCS. My DB's aren't this big, so I never encountered this limitation. I don't know a compress-utility that can handle files this size. What is the reason for wanting to zip the DB? Perhaps if you tell us that, we can make up a alternative solution.
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