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How to restore a database in SQL 2005 from a backup copy in SQL 2000?


How to restore a database in SQL 2005 from a backup copy in SQL 2000?

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Hi - I had a database in SQL 2000 and want to move it to SQL 2005. I made a backup copy in SQL 2000. When restoring it the SQL 2005, I receive message stating that it does not recognize the format. Any tips on this? Thanks.



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Is this a native SQL backup from SQL Server 2000 you are trying to restore to SQL Server 2005?

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Yes, I use the SQL client tool (equivalent to SQL Server management Studio?) to make the backup. However, the backup file does not have an extention of ".bak" (it does in 2005/2008).



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Backup extension is irrelevant, you can just use the restore GUI to restore the DB, or RESTORE DATABASE T-SQL.

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Well, I use the studio UI to restore it - why 2005 does not recognize the 2000 backup file?



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judyhou (6/1/2012)
Yes, I use the SQL client tool (equivalent to SQL Server management Studio?) to make the backup. However, the backup file does not have an extention of ".bak" (it does in 2005/2008).


What SQL client tool? Did it do the the backup or did it run a native SQL Server backup?

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judyhou (6/1/2012)
Well, I use the studio UI to restore it - why 2005 does not recognize the 2000 backup file?


What do you mean by 'not recognise'?

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I am sure you are using correct method to Move SQL Server 2000 database to 2005. As you have shared that you are facing an error which says 2005 does not recognize the 2000 backup files, so I would like to recommend you to try another method to move SQL Server 2000 database to 2005. Here is the link:

http://twinklekumar.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/move-sql-server-2000-database-to-2005/

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If you copied the file while the SQL Server was running this file probably will not attach either and you will need to get a valid backup of the database. Download help tool for sql database - SQL Server Restore Toolbox. http://www.sqlserver.restoretools.com/ You can read up more on SQL Server here. http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/sql-server/498-creating-a-new-database-using-an-mdf-file?_=1416149856104
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