Summary: The article illustrates the best way to view and restore a database backup in SQL Server 2012. We can do so by using a backup database and then restoring it when the database crashes or corrupts.
SQL Server is basically a database server from Microsoft. It supports a wide range of transaction processing, analytics applications and business intelligence in IT environments. SQL Server is featured with an option to create and restore the database from backup as per requirement. It will help users to prevent loss of data. The SQL Server keeps the backup of its database in a separate file i.e. .bak file. This backup file can be stored on a separate drive. But, you cannot view the backup file directly by opening it, you’ll have to restore it to view the database.
Some common reasons for SQL Database corruption
There are multiple reasons that can lead to SQL Database corruption as:
- Accidental deletion.
- Hardware failure.
- Malfunctioning of software.
- Human errors.
- Virus attack.
- Network failure.
Methods to View SQL Server .bak File
The SQL Server enables two different options to create and restore a database from the .bak file. Using these two different ways, you can restore SQL .bak file.
· Using T-SQL.
· Using SQL Server Management Studio.
You can use above methods to restore a .bak file in SQL Server. So, let’s discuss these two methods to restore database backup in SQL server 2012.
Restore database backup in SQL server 2012 using T-SQL :
To restore database backup in SQL Server 2012, you’ll have to first create a backup of all your database and then you’ll be able to restore it. If you have created a backup already, you can simply follow the below T-SQL script to restore database backup in SQL server 2012 from a .bak file.
RESTORE DATABASE AdventureWorks FROM DISK = 'E:\AdventureWorks.BAK'
Using the above T-SQL script, you can restore the database from the specified location and can create and restore it if it does not exist.
Restore database backup in SQL server 2012 Using Management Studio:
Go through the below steps to restore database backup in SQL server.
Step -1 Connect to the SQL server 2012.
Step - 2 Expand the tree structure of database. Now, right click on the database=> Tasks=> Restore=> Databases.
Step - 3 A restore database dialog box will appear.
Step -4 Now, select a database from the list for the destination database.
Step - 5 Select the source of the database.
Step 6 Specify the date and time of the database. For this, click on Timeline.
Step -7 Now, a new dialog box appears. You can choose the database for two options. One is the last backup taken and the second one, by specific date and time. Choose accordingly and click on "OK" Button.
- Click on the files to re-allocate them to folder.
Step - 8 Further, click on options. Here, you’ll see different options like restore options, tail-log backup, server connections and prompt. Click on the checkboxes accordingly.
Step - 9 Hit a click on OK button to restore the database backup.
Step -10 A message will appear indicating database restored successfully.
Method to restore the Database backup in SQL server 2012
I have explained all the manual methods to restore the database backup. Users can use the manual methods but they are quite lengthy and time-consuming. Also, for novice users, it is a tedious task to restore database backup manually. So, it is recommended to use a professional SQL backup recovery software. It is very efficient and reliable software tool. Using it, you can successfully restore MDF and NDF database files from SQL server backup.
In the above article, we have learned about the SQL server, methods to view and restore the database backup in SQL server 2012 using T-SQL script and Management Studio. Also, the automated methods have been discussed. Users can use any of the above methods as per their convenience. Hope it helps.