Restore  file from BAK error

Posted on 2007-11-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I just received a sql backup file from what I believe is sql 2000.  when I select the file in the restore process I get this error.  I'm running SQL Server Express 2005 on my laptop.

Cannot open backup device 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Backup\Burrwolf_11142007.bak'. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.).
RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally. (.Net SqlClient Data Provider)

Any help would be appreciated
Question by:keschuster
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by:Chris Mangus
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Error 5 usually indicates a lack of permissions to the file.  Can you verify that the account being used to restore the database has access to that directory?

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Sorry newbie here - where do I do that in 2005?
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Chris Mangus earned 500 total points
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This would be outside of SQL Server.  When you connect to the SQL Server via SQL Server Management Studio, what account are you using, a SQL account or a domain account?

If a domain account, it will need at least read permission on your backup folder.  If you're using a SQL account when you connect then the account that your SQL Server uses to start up will need read permission to the folder.
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Author Comment

ID: 20302423
I'm loggin in with my domain account (windows authentication),  everything is on my laptop.  I have full access to it - I copied it there.
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Expert Comment

by:Chris Mangus
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Has the SQL Server service login account been changed recently?

I would try adding the SYSTEM user with full permission to your backup folder.

Also, check this link for more info as I am leaving my computer for the day...:

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That was it.  Once I have the system user more permissions I coulde read the file.  That link was perfect

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