restore data (not all) from a backup FILE

  • Hi, this may not be in the roght forum.

    I have huge backup files (18gb) but I am required to retrieve data from a certain date. so I have to Copy the backup to the server and restore it (which takes ages for both operations). Can I virtually mount the backup and treat it as a database to perform actions on it.

    I have an SP that copies data copy the restored table to the live table, so If if I could do this from a virtual table, I would save myself and my clinet hours of wasted time.

    Darryl Wilson
    darrylw99@hotmail.com

  • Darryl Wilson (2/12/2016)


    Hi, this may not be in the roght forum.

    I have huge backup files (18gb) but I am required to retrieve data from a certain date. so I have to Copy the backup to the server and restore it (which takes ages for both operations). Can I virtually mount the backup and treat it as a database to perform actions on it.

    I have an SP that copies data copy the restored table to the live table, so If if I could do this from a virtual table, I would save myself and my clinet hours of wasted time.

    SQL Server doesn't have the licks to do that but there is third party software out there that does. RedGate used to have something that would do that but I believe they discontinued it... could be wrong there, though.

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  • We did have a piece of software that did that. It was discontinued.

    However, you could try using SQL Compare [/url]and SQL Data Compare[/url]. They can be run against a backup directly. If all you want is a table and some of the data, this is the approach I'd take.

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  • Although SQL Server lacks the necessary capabilities, third-party software exists that does. RedGate used to get something like this, but I believe it was discontinued... although I might be wrong.

  • messy vargara wrote:

    Although SQL Server lacks the necessary capabilities, third-party software exists that does. RedGate used to get something like this, but I believe it was discontinued... although I might be wrong.

    The tool that did that is long gone, yes. Crazy difficult to maintain and, frankly, no one purchased it.

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    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood... Theodore Roosevelt
    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

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