How to restore SQLSERVER .bak file to .mdf

22. October 2010 06:51 by Mrojas in General  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

If you have a .bak file, and all you want is to restore that file to a mdf. Then this is what you can do.

First you need an empty .mdf and .ldf files. The easier way to do that is to create a WebProject in Visual Studio and then In the App_Data folder right click and add new database. That will create an mdf and a .ldf.

Now copy those files to the data directory of your SQLSERVER Express. If it usually under the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server. In my case it is in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\

So if your database is PhoneBook just copy:

copy PhoneBook.mdf “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook.mdf”
copy PhoneBook_log.ldf “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook_log.ldf”

Now attach your database:

open a Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt or other prompt (Remember to right click the Run as Administrator, specially if it is Vista)

in the command prompt run:

sqlcmd –S ./SQLEXPRESS

and run the following commands:

( FILENAME = N'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\Phonebook.mdf' ),
( FILENAME = N'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\Phonebook_log.ldf' )

copy your .BAK file to the data directory.

copy PhoneBook.bak “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook.bak”

NOTE: Why the data directory: It seams that in some installation you can have permitions issues

FROM DISK = 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook2.BAK'
WITH MOVE 'Phonebook' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\Phonebook.mdf',
MOVE 'Phonebook_log' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\Phonebook_log.ldf',

After that if everything runs ok then you can detach your database:

1> exec sp_detach_db 'Phonebook'

Now you can copy your mdf files back to where you wanted them

NOTE: If you dont know the name you have to put for Data and Log then Run commands like

RESTORE HEADERONLY FROM DISK ='C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook2.BAK'

RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK ='C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\PhoneBook2.BAK'

In my case it gives something like: