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restore SQL database error - Too many backup devices specified for backup or restore; only 64 are allowed

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We just got a SQL 2005 backup from a customer, and when we try restore it at OUR office, we get the following error:

Too many backup devices specified for backup or restore; only 64 are allowed.
RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 3205)

At first - we had SQL 2000 - but upgraded to SQL 2005 - and I get the same error!
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Question by:Alon Hirsch
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yomoconcepts earned 1500 total points
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You should set the backwards compatibility flag on SQL Server2005. If my memory serves me correctly. We had this issue last year and took ages to figure out.
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by:srinvask
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Are the SQL Server 2005 version on which the back up was taken is the same as the one you are trying to restore?
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by:Alon Hirsch
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srinvask: Yes, the SQL versions are the same.
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by:Lord_Death
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Cause

This is an unfortunately deceiving error message. It occurs when a SQL 2005 backup is used in a restore attempt on a SQL 2000 database.

 

Resolution

Installing on a SQL 2005 or 2008 database will eliminate this error. As of Release 8.3, VersionOne support for SQL 2000 has been deprecated.

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by:sandaggar
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If we intall it on SQL 2008 then the same problem will come while installing ir back on SQL 2005. Actually there shoul be some way out to retore it from SQL 2005 to SQL 2005 and back on two different locations.
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