How to Restore Database in SQL Server
SQL Server databases are some of the most common databases in use. The goal of this article is about how to restore database; restore a Backup file (.bak) using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2008 step by step for beginner.
In previous articles We explained Overview of SQL Server Database and resolve error about Saving Changes is not Permitted on SQL Server 2008 relating to Database. Now We will explain How to Restore Database in SQL Server in SQL Server.
SQL Server Management Studio makes the restore database process simple and is ideal if you seldom perform database restores. These restore database process works in every version of SQL Server from Express to Enterprise. Using SQL Server Management Studio (or the Express edition) makes these restore database task easy.
Note that if you restore a SQL Server 2005 or higher database to SQL Server 2014, the database is automatically upgraded.
Before starting restore database, you will need to copy the SQL backup file (typically has a .BAK extension) to a local hard drive on the destination SQL Server machine.
Why do restore database?
- A hard drive will eventually go bad; a current backup will enable you to restore database.
- Move databases to a new server.
STEP BY STEP TO RESTORE DATABASE IN SQL SERVER
The steps mentioned in this article are applicable for SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012. If you are interested in knowing the steps you need to follow to take backup database in SQL Server then read the following article titled…
- Start up SQL Server 2008 Management Studio and connect to server.
- Expand the Databases folder, If it is not expanded, click the “+” icon next to it.
- Right-click on the database which you want to restore database and select Tasks -> Restore -> Database.
- The Restore Database Dialog box displays. Under the “Destination for restore” section, ensure your database is selected for the “To database“.
- Under the “Specify the source and location of backup sets to restore” section select “From device” and choose location of backup file.
- In the Specify Backup dialog, click on Add for select backup (.BAK) file and click OK to return back to restore database dialog.
- Select the backup sets under the “Select the backup sets to restore” section.
- Now, Select “Options” in the Select a page pane to view the advanced options.
- It may be necessary to select the “Overwrite the existing database (WITH REPLACE)” option in the Restore options section and click on OK.
- The Restore database takes only seconds to complete. If the restore database successfully, you should receive below a message.
If you are sound with the SQL Server then you know very well how to connect to server.