Restoring backup from an enterprise edition to express edition

Posted on 2010-08-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Is there really a known issue when restoring a backup file from an enterprise edition of SQL 2005 to express edition?

I'm getting this error:

Msg 3201, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
Cannot open backup device 'E:\MyBackup.bak'. Operating system error 2(The system cannot find the file specified.).
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

I tried running this too:
FROM DISK = 'E:\MyBackup.bak'

same error:
The media family on device 'E:\MyBackup.bakk' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally.

My backup is fine and restorable (tried restoring to a SQL 2005 enterprise version on a different machine)

Any insights? Thanks!

Question by:faiga16
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Emileneth earned 200 total points
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The software does not detect a valid backup, you could mount that backup in an Enterprise edition and export data in a different way, like sql files, then inject them in your Express edition.. if this fails it will show wich operation is invalid on the reduced version
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It wouldn't work too. I tired all possible backup style.

Expert Comment

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What happens when trying to inject the SQL?

If you see, something like "Error executing SQL at line XXX" or something its an indication that the database design is not compatible with the reduced function set of the Express edition, in that case you will need to de-desing the database and build up a conversion tool
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cyberkiwi earned 300 total points
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Based on this
[My backup is fine and restorable (tried restoring to a SQL 2005 enterprise version on a different machine)]

I guess that it could be a service pack issue.
Any Sql Server should be able to restore a database backed up from the same level and service packs (2005-2005, 2008-2008) regardless of edition.

Can you check and compare service pack levels?
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Author Comment

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it's the same error. what I did for testing was create a database with one simple table in enterprise edition, insert one row, backup the DB and restore it to an express edition. it really will not work....

Expert Comment

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Cyberkiwi: i agree, that's why i suggested a plain text sql file transmission, the language should be compatible as the standard doesnt change from SP to SP, and should be backwards compatible if restoring into a 2008.

Faiga: in your last post you mentioned a DB backup-restore process, have you tested the sql method?
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My bad, the other server was a SQL 2008 R2. ANd i'm trying to restore it to a lower version (SQL 2005).

Thanks cyberkiwi and emileneth!

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