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SQL Server Restore Database from a backup file

Posted on 2006-11-25
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I am receiving the following error message when trying to perform a file restore from a backup file named LIPData_Backup.bak ....

File 'G:\Golf' (Pathway) is claimed by 'LIPData_Log'(2) and 'LIPData_dat'(1).  The WITH MOVE Clause can be used to relocate one or more files.
Restore Database is terminating Abnormally.

What am I doing incorrectly, or what can I do differently to restore the database from a .BAK file?


Thank you ~ Stephen
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Question by:sbosco21
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Hi sbosco21,

It looks like you are trying to restore the backup - and the database which the backup was created from still exists.  This means that the files are trying to restore over the top of the existing database.  Using the "WITH MOVE" will allow you to specify exactly where you want the files (.mdf and .ldf) to be for the restored database.  Note that the files will try and restore to the same location that they were in when the backup was taken (by default).

From BOL:

RESTORE DATABASE TestDB
   FROM DISK = 'c:\Northwind.bak'
   WITH MOVE 'Northwind' TO 'c:\test\testdb.mdf',
   MOVE 'Northwind_log' TO 'c:\test\testdb.ldf'

will restore the Northwind database to c:\test\

Cheers,
Hillwaaa
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by:imran_fast
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Right Click Database Folder --> Click Restore Database---> Specify Database Name and click on Device radio button
--> select the database file --> check the check box -->
Now select option from the Tab and specify the ldf and mdf file path--> click ok--> click ok
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by:Scott Pletcher
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If the db is being restored to the same server it came from, and **you know for sure** that you want to overwrite the previous version of the db that still exists on disk [that is, you want to put the db back over where it was before], either:

1) In Enterprise Mgr, check the "Force Restore over existing database" box
2) In RESTORE command, add the "WITH REPLACE" clause

RESTORE DATABASE DatabaseName
    FROM DISK = ...
    WITH REPLACE
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Perhaps a split?  All are valid solutions for this problem.
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