This section will explain the step-by-step approach for the SQL Server restore database procedure using the BAK file. For this Restore Database demonstration, we use the adventure works 2017 .bak.
SQL Restore Database from BAK File
In this example, we will use the BAK file to Restore the SQL Database. The server does not have the AdventureWorks2017 database.
As you can see, the MDF and LDF corresponding to the Adventure Works 2017 is not there in C Drive
We have an Adventure Works Backup file in our D Drive, and we will use this bak to restore a database.
Syntax of the restore Database from the backup file
RESTORE DATABASE DatbaseName FROM DISK = 'D:\Backups\BackupFileName.bak' WITH MOVE 'LogicalMDFFileName' TO 'location\MDFFileName.mdf', MOVE 'LogicalLDFFileName' TO 'location\LDFFileName.ldf'
Let me use the above syntax to restore the Adventure Works.
RESTORE DATABASE AdventureWorks2017 FROM DISK = 'D:\Backups\AdventureWorks2017.bak' WITH MOVE 'AdventureWorks2017' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft ...........\DATA\AdventureWorks2017.mdf', MOVE 'AdventureWorks2017_log' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft .........\DATA\AdventureWorks2017_log.ldf'
The query executes without any errors, and the db is attached successfully.
Now you can see the Adventure Works 2017
The above process has automatically added the MDF and LDF to the C Drive
If you don’t know the logical names, then use the Restore File System to retrieve the Logical Filenames.
RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK = 'D:\Backups\AdventureWorks2017.bak'
Restore Database in SQL Server using BAK Example 2
How to Restore Database in SQL Server using BAK file?. For this demonstration, we are going to use Management Studio to restore the database from the .bak file.
As you can see, the server does not have the AdventureWorks2017 database
See that the Mdf and ldf files corresponding to the AdventureWorks2017 are not there in C Drive.
We have a Backup file in our D Drive, and we use this file to restore
Restore Database in SQL Server using BAK File
Right-click on the Databases folder and select the Restore Databases… option.
Selecting the Restore Databases.. option, it will open the following window.
In this example, we want to restore a database from the file system. So, let me select the Device option. Next, click on the … button will open the following window.
Click on the Add button and select the backup file by navigating to the file location.
Click OK to restore the AdventureWorks database
Please wait until the restore is finished.
Click OK to Restore the SQL Server Database using the bak file.
Now you can see the Adventure Works 2017 database in the Management Studio.
The above process has automatically added the Mdf and ldf files to the C Drive.