I am trying to install a database from a backup file of a now deleted database.

What happened was that the data file was at D:\SQLData\DatabasesMyDatabase_data.mdf, instead of D:\SQLData\Databases\MyDatabase_data.mdf so we wanted to move it.

The main DBA here showed me a ‘quick’ way to fix this was by taking a backup of the database, deleting it, recreating it, and then overwriting it with the backup. So I did that but when I try to overwrite the recreated database, I get the following error:

“The backup set holds a backup of a database other than the existing 'MyDatabase' database.”

If I try to create a database using a backup, I get the following error:

"Could not find database ID 65535. Database may not be activated yet or may be in transition"

I do all this in Enterprise Manager by the way, not by running scripts.

Has anyone any ideas of what I could do? This backup holds critical information!!!


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Last Post by cmhampton

In the Restore Database window, on the Options screen, check the first option 'Overwrite the existing database'.

BTW, are you restoring from a .bak file? Or the .mdf? If you are restoring from the .mdf, you have to attach the database rather than restore it. Let me know if you need more info.

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