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Restore a SQL Server 2012 backup to SQL Express 2012

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I am having problems restoring a SQL Server 2012 db to SQL Express 2012. I do the backup from SQL Server and then restore it with overwrite without error.  The problem is the restored DB is missing al the tables.  Am I doing something wrong?
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
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did you check how big the source database is ? there is a space limitation on SQL 2012 express edition (Max database size allowed is 10Gig  )
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by:lcohan
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"The problem is the restored DB is missing al the tables.  Am I doing something wrong?"

Are you accessing it with SQL SA or sysdmin rights or at least the EXACT same account as from the SQL 2012? My guess is that you don't have access to see the schema objects for whatever reason.
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Eugene Z earned 500 total points
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check if the backup is from correct db - db with tables
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by:canuckconsulting
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Sadly this was the case.  I had assumed that my orginal db was intact but appears at some point it was wiped out.  Thanks for help with what ended up me being stupid..
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