How to Recover SQL Server Database without Backup?

Summary: The blog describes the procedure to recover SQL Server Database without backup in a quick and risk-free manner, by using a specialized SQL File Recovery.

It goes without saying that backup is essential for safeguarding critical data stored in SQL Server databases.

Data loss can occur anytime due to several known and unknown reasons. Many tables and other components of the database can turn unreadable without any prior notification or alerts. And a recent, good known backup copy of the SQL Server Database can help restore the deleted and lost database back to its original state. That is why administrators always recommend backing up databases on a regular basis.

In case you do not have a backup of the database (MDF and NDF) files available or the backup is corrupt, it can be difficult to recover SQL Server database and its deleted or inaccessible data.

Also Read: How to Recover SQL Server Database from a Corrupt Backup File?

How to Recover Deleted Data from SQL Server Without Backup?

If you have deleted tables, queries, procedures, or even a complete database by mistake, you can recover the deleted contents with the help of Stellar Repair for MS SQL.

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The software helps repair the corrupt SQL database as well as recover SQL Server Database without backup. The SQL database recovery tool can help resolve the database in suspect mode, recovery mode pending, and db attachment issues.

Also Read: How to Recover MS SQL Database from Suspect Mode?

Check the complete video of the software working process:

The software can help recover unreadable database objects from corrupt SQL database MDF and NDF files.

Steps to Recover SQL Database with Stellar Repair for MS SQL Software

Note: Back up the SQL Server database before initiating the MS SQL server database recovery procedure. Also, ensure that the repair process is executed on the backup file and not the original database file.

Step 1: Download, install and run Stellar Repair for MS SQL software.

Step 2: In the software main interface window, click Browse to select the database file you want to recover.

Note: If you do not know the location of your db file, click ‘Search’ to find and select the file.

select corrupt sql database file
Figure 1 – Select Database Window

Step 3: Once the file is selected, select Repair to initiate the repair and recovery process.

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Figure 2 – Repair the SQL Database

Step 4: When the repair process is successfully completed, the software will display all the recoverable items including Tables, Defaults, Views, Data Types, Synonyms, etc. in a tree-like structure in the left pane. Click on an individual object to view its content in the right pane.

preview recoverable sql database components
Figure 3 – Stellar Repair for MS SQL Preview Window

Note: The checkboxes associated with each database object is selected by default in the Preview window. However, you can choose to save all or specific db objects.

Step 5: For saving the database file, click the Save on File menu or click on the Save button on Quick Access Toolbar to restore SQL server database without backup file.

saving option
Figure 4 – Saving Option

Step 6: In the Save Database window that appears, select MDF option under Save As section.

stellar repair for sql file saving options
Figure 5 – Stellar Repair for MS SQL Software File Saving Options

Step 7: Next, under Saving Option, chose any of these options:

  • New Database: Select this option, if you want to save the recovered data to a new database
  • Live Database: Select this option, if you want to save the recovered data to the existing database

To save the recovered objects to the New Database, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the New Database radio button.
  2. Provide Server/Instance Name, and then select a destination path for saving the recovered SQL database objects.
  3. Click Save to save the repaired MS SQL database file.
save recovered database to new database
Figure 6 – Saving Database File to New Database

4. After the process is completed successfully, a message will appear stating ‘File saved at the desired path’. Click OK to proceed further.

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Figure 7 – Save Complete Message

5. The software will save the database as New Database. See the image below:

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Figure 8 – SQL Database File Saved at Desired Location

To save the recovered objects to the Live Database, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on Live Database radio button.
  2. Provide Server/Instance Name.
  3. Next, select a file from the Existing Database drop-down list into which you want to save the recovered database objects
save recovered database file to live database
Figure 9 – Save Database File to Live Database
  1. Choose Save for saving the repaired db file.
  2. Once the repair process is completed, you will receive “File saved at the desired path” message. Click OK.
file saved complete message box
Figure 10 – Save Complete Message Box

6. The software will save the database as a Live Database. See the image below:

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Figure 11 – SQL Database File Saved to Live Database

Read, what Microsoft MVPs says about the software

Key Benefits of the Software

1. Batch Repair Multiple Database Tables at Once: SQL Server Database Repair software allows saving multiple database tables simultaneously. This saves time as well as efforts, and the entire recovery process is accomplished in a seamless manner.

2. Multiple File Saving Options: Allows saving the repaired objects into multiple file formats. Therefore, after recovery, the database files can be accessed using independent applications. When stored in HTML, CSV, and XLS file formats, the data can be previewed without connecting to the SQL Server.

3. Generates Log Report: The tool will generate a log report of the repair process. This log report contains information about each and every single procedure being performed on the database. The log report can be stored for the purpose of future reference.

End Note

In this post, we have discussed the procedure on ‘how to recover deleted database in SQL Server’ without backupby using Stellar SQL File Recovery software. When using the software, keep these points into consideration:

1. Application auto-checks the SQL Server version: however, if the file is severely corrupted, you can select the SQL Server edition manually under “Select Database Versions” section. If the selected version of the Server database file is invalid, the tool will display Invalid database version, Select the appropriate database version” message.

2. It is important to select an accurate database version for the selected file to proceed further with the SQL Server database repair process.

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