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Help with a SQL restore please (2000 to newer)

Last Modified: 2012-05-09

I have a SQL 2000 server that is being replaced with SQL 2008.  I've taken several SQL backups of the database (125GB) and tried to restore to both SQL 2008 and SQL 2005, and I receive the following message on any of the files at 90% completion:  "Restore failed for Server "SERVER".  System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The file on device 'H:\filename' is not a valid MIcrosoft Tape Format backup set.  (MIcrosoft.SqlServer.Smo)"  I see conflicting information on whether this can be done at all. I find how to upgrade from 2000 (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190775.aspx), but I'm not looking for an live upgrade, meaning the existing 2000 db has to stay online for a time.

We've also tried detaching and attaching, and I'm getting errrors...  Bottom line, I need the 2000 DB on my 2008 SQL server, and don't have the expertise or confidence to write sql statements, or even know the best way.  Can anyone help a SQL newb?

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