How to Recover SQL Server Database without Backup?

Summary: The blog describes the importance of data backups particularly in the context of SQL Server database. It also displays an entire procedure to recover SQL server database objects in the absence of backup files using a risk-free, and quick Stellar Repair for MS SQL software.

Backups act as a silver lining when it comes to data loss. That is why SQL administrators always recommend backup databases on a regular basis. But as 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.

Under such situations, if you have a recent backup, you can restore the deleted and lost database easily back to its original state, but in case you do not have MDF and NDF backup, it turns really difficult to recover SQL server Database with no backups files.

If you have deleted tables, queries, procedures or even a complete database by mistake, you can simply recover the deleted contents with the help of Stellar Repair for MS SQL. The software is known to Repair corrupt SQL database as well as recover SQL server Database with no backups and restore its objects.

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The software is error-free and recovers unreadable database objects from corrupt MDF and NDF files in the simple to follow the procedure as shown below:

  1. Run Stellar Repair for MS SQL software.
  2. In the main interface of the tool, click on the Browse button if you know the location of the MDF file or Search the file.
  1. The selected file will be displayed along with complete location path details under Select Database text box
  1. Once the file is uploaded, click on the Repair button to “start” the database repair procedure
  1. 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 its left pane
  2. The checkboxes associated with each database object is selected by default. In order to preview the incorporated contents of the database objects, click on it in the left pane and the items stored in that particular item will appear in the right pane.
  3. Click on the Save option available under File menu or click on Save button on Quick Access Toolbar to restore SQL server database without backup file.
  1. Then select MDF option by clicking on the radio button under Save As section
  1. In the Stellar Repair for MS SQL dialog box that appears, select either of the following 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 on “New Database” radio button
  1. Provide Server/Instance Name and then select a destination path for saving the recovered database objects
  2. Click on “Save” to save the repaired MS SQL database file. After the process is completed successfully, a message will appear stating “File saved at the desired location”. Click on OK to proceed further
  1. The software will save the database as New Database. See the image below:
Recover SQL server database

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
  1. Click the Save button for saving the repaired database file. On successful accomplishment of the repair process, you will receive “File saved at the desired path” message
  1. The software will save the database as Live Database. See the image below:
Recover SQL server database

Read, what Microsoft MVPs says about the software

Tips & Measures

  • It is always recommended to 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.
  • No objects from the original SQL Database file appears changed or modified as the recovered data stored into the new database file.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The major benefit is that the software 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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