SQL Server 2008 Restore Database

Posted on 2011-02-24
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I am doing some work for a client and need access to their database in order to complete my project.  I had my client do a 'generic' backup of their SQL database using the GUI and send me the file (via FTP).  When I try to the restore the database I a Specified Cast Not Valid error.  After running 'restore verifyonly from disk='file'' I get a message stating:

Msg 3243, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The media family on device 'file' was created using Microsoft Tape Format version 1.236. SQL Server supports version 1.0.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
VERIFY DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

How can I get around this error?  My clients database is an SQL 2008 database and I'm trying to restore it on an SQL 2008 server.

Question by:tsprks
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lcohan earned 668 total points
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I believe you can't restore a "tape" file from disk. Ask them to do a FULL database backup to "DISK" then send you the bakup.bak file. Other than that you will need same tape device to load then restore the file they provided.

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Can you possibly give me a sample script to do a FULL backup to DISK?
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mayank_joshi earned 668 total points
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You can take Full backup to disk using the following script:-

BACKUP DATABASE [database_name] TO  DISK = N'C:\database_name.bak'  WITH NOFORMAT, NOINIT,  NAME = N'database_name-Full Database Backup', SKIP, NOREWIND, NOUNLOAD,  STATS = 10

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