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Restore From .Bak file trouble.

First off thanks for reading, I am new to SQL (SQL Server 2000). Unfortunatley I just had the array my Data was on and my tape backup get toasted, I was able to do some data recovery on the remaining drives and pull off about 15 different .bak files for the database I need to restore. Unfortunatley I keep getting errors like "Microsoft SQL_DMO "ODBC SQLState: 4200" "AN internal inconsistancy error has occurred. Contact technical support for assistance. Restore Database is Terminating abnormally." Anyone have any suggetions on how to get around this error or how to correctly restore a database from a .BAK file.

Thanks again
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arbertCommented:
Did you have to rebuild/reinstall the SQL Server?  Make sure that the version of SQL Server that was used to create the BAK file is less or equal to the version of SQL Server you're trying to RESTORE on.

Try this command in query analyzer and see what the results are:

RESTORE HEADERONLY from  disk='c:\yourbackup.bak'

Of course, change c:\yourbackup.bak to the correct path, filename of your backup.

This command will display the information that's contained in the backup.  Including the original SQL Server version information.  If this command doesn't run, there is a very good chance that the backup is corrupt.
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tekguy4Author Commented:
Thanks for the first tip, the command runs fine and it returns all the information. I am going to try reinstalling SQL and keep this port up to date, if anyone else has any hints or suggestions, please, please feel free to respond.

Thanks again
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arbertCommented:
I wouldn't reinstall SQL.....Unless you think part of the program files were on the RAID group that got corrupted....
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MrDeveloperCommented:
You're not by any chance trying to restore a sql 2K database backup in sql 7, are you?  If you do that, it gives a confusing error similar to that one
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tekguy4Author Commented:
Yeah they where, I can get the bak file to restore the ldf and mdf file, but it leaves me hanging, if you go to enterprise manager, it shows the database as (Loading/Suspect)  or just  (Loading) depending on the file I use to restore, and it seemd to hang there.

Anyone have any thoughts on getting around this???

Thanks again
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tekguy4Author Commented:
No, SQL2000 (server and bak file), I can return header information, I can get a file list, and I can get a file recovery all using Query Analyzer, but it hangs, as stated previously.



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arbertCommented:
"Thanks for the first tip, the command runs fine and it returns all the information."

Like I said above, make sure that the version information in the backup file matches the version information  of the current sql server (current version can be found by execute select @@version in query analyzer).

Are you creating the restore command yourself in query analyzer?  Enterprise manager?  Using third party backup/restore?    Make sure you you use the WITH RECOVERY option if you're not restoring any log file backups or the database will stay in a "loading" state.
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tekguy4Author Commented:
sorry for not putting that info in, SQL 2000 ver 8.00.818 on both sides, server and file.
I am creating the restore command myself in query analyzer not using any third party software. Using the follwoing statement in query analyzer:
restore database databasename from disk = 'c:\databasename.bak'
with recovery
I get the following message:
Server Msg 3270, level 16, state 1, line 1
AN internal inconsistancy error has occurred. Contact technical support for assistance.

Thanks again for your help.
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arbertCommented:
Well, if the version do match, I would say you have a corrupted backup file.   Do you have a support contract with MS?  They do have tools that we don't have access to.
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tekguy4Author Commented:
yeah thats what I was afraid of anyone know of any recovery service for a corrupt .bak or .mdf file?
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