Restore Database With MOVE

Posted on 2010-11-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi guys!  

I'm stumped with this one and I am hoping you could help me.

I am trying to restore a database into another server.  I ran a RESTORE FILELISTONLY and this is what I got.

RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK = '\\SomeSharedDrive\Backup$\SomeFolder\DummyDB_LIVE.bak'

DB_data      D:\SQLServer\MSSQL\Data\DummyDB_LIVE_data.MDF      D      PRIMARY      292749312      35184372080640
DB_log      E:\SQLServer\MSSQL\Data\DummyDB_LIVE_Log.LDF      L      NULL      104595456      35184372080640

I ran the following command:

Restore database DummyDB_LIVE
from disk = '\\SomeSharedDrive\Backup$\SomeFolder\DummyDB_LIVE.bak'
with move 'DB_data' to 'F:\SQLServer\MSSQL\data\DummyDB_LIVE_data.mdf',
move 'DB_log' to 'G:\SQLServer\MSSQL\data\DummyDB_LIVE_Log.ldf',

I got this error:
Msg 3156, Level 16, State 1, Line 3
File 'DB_log' cannot be restored to 'G:\SQLServer\MSSQL\data\DummyDB_LIVE_Log.ldf'. Use WITH MOVE to identify a valid location for the file.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 3
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

I can confirm that the paths are correct.  The user account used by SQL Server service is permissioned with read/write access to its respective folders.  

SQL server version is SQL Server 2000.

What else am I missing?
Question by:monicai
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Does it work if you give it a different location?

Author Comment

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Btw, this restore is basically overwriting an existing DummyDB_LIVE database (on a different server) which has exactly the same mdf and ldf paths specified in the restore statement.

I did try doing the restore on a new database with the same directory path but slightly different filenames and it works.  

For some reason the RESTORE fails to overwrite the LDF file.
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Accepted Solution

Raja Jegan R earned 500 total points
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This should work:

Restore database DummyDB_LIVE
from disk = '\\SomeSharedDrive\Backup$\SomeFolder\DummyDB_LIVE.bak'
with move 'DB_data' to 'D:\SQLServer\MSSQL\Data\DummyDB_LIVE_data.MDF',
move 'DB_log' to ' E:\SQLServer\MSSQL\Data\DummyDB_LIVE_Log.LDF',

If you intend to move your MDF and LDF files to F and G drives, then you have to detach your database and copy your MDF and LDF files to F and G drive and attach it to get it done instead of using RESTORE WITH MOVE option.
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From what you are saying, a different SQL instance is using those files in the location you are trying to restore to.

This will not work.  SQL Server will not let you have the files.  They are in use.  You will have to restore to a different path or a different file name.  

What exactly are you trying to do?  Are you trying to restore over the database on the other instance?


Author Comment

ID: 34170184
I have resolved this issue by detaching and attaching the database then re-run the same restore query.

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Btw thanks to all who has answered this question.  Points has been awarded.

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