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I have a SQL Serer 2005 DB that is about 120GB in size.

I have the recovery mode set to simple because we don't need minute by minute recovery.

In the interest of full disclosure I do not do backups on a regular basis which I know is frowned upon. We have a disaster recovery plan that takes a server image nightly and snapshots of the server throughout the day so in the event of a server crash I can restore from those images.

When I do try to do a backup through the management studio the process seems to run fine. It gets to 100% complete then hangs. No completion notice pops up. The backup file size is 0. What is really troubling is the drive that the data resides on shows nothing. I have a 300GB hard drive that typically has 160GB of free space. When the backup locks that drive shows nothing. Then the entire server will eventually lock. Also if I check the server performance in task manager the memory is maxed out at 12GB.

HAs anyone ever seen this before? What can I do?

THanks for the help.
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With regard to server memory maxing out, have you set a max limit for SQL to use? This would probably be the reason why all the memory on the server is being taken.

Try doing the backup from a query window and see if that produces the same result. The syntax is...

BACKUP DATABASE [DB NAME] TO DISK='C:\Backup.bak' WITH STATS=1

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EvilPostIt, Thank you for the suggestion. I apologize for taking soooo long to get back to this. I ran the backup from a query. The good news is the backup was created. The drive space did NOT fill up. The bad news is it still froze the server. Any additional suggestions?
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Running the backup from a query window for some reason at least created a valid backup. The server still froze but I will look into possible hardware/software problems to resolve that. Thanks for the help.
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