Summary: This blog will discuss version-specific occurrences of the SQL Server Error 3013, the reasons behind the error, and methods to fix it. If you cannot restore the database (DB) from backup, it usually means that the backup (.bak) file is damaged or corrupt. There is no manual method to restore the database from a corrupt .bak file. In that case, use Stellar Toolkit for MS SQL for backup recovery to recover the DB from the backup (.bak) file.
Sometimes, when performing an SQL Server database (DB) backup to a storage device or trying to restore the DB from backup, you may encounter the following error message:
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
BACKUP DATABASE is terminating abnormally.
The frequency of this error may vary depending on the versions of SQL Server application you are using.
Plausible reasons that result in SQL Server restore database is terminating abnormally error are as follows:
NOTE: Since backup has terminated abruptly, avoid rewriting the same backup, as it may result in the same error again.
Depending on the version-specific occurrence of SQL Server Error 3013, follow these methods to fix the error:
NOTE: Methods 1, 2, and 3 may resolve the problem, provided the error has not occurred during backup restoration. But, if you have encountered backup failed error 3013 during the restoration process, skip to Method 4.
Follow these steps to check if a user is denied permission to take DB backups in SQL Server:
Step 1: Browse the location of the backup folder to find the database ‘.bak’ file.
Step 2: Right-click the backup file, and select Properties.
Step 3: In the Properties window, click the Security Tab.
Step 4: Now check the Deny permissions for Authenticated Users.
Step 5: Click Edit and remove the denied permission.
Step 6: Click OK.
Manually delete the previous backup and enable the SQL server to execute new backups to the backup device to fix the error. Use the following command for manual deletion of the last backup:
BACKUP DATABASE mydatabase TO DISK= ‘C:\Mydatabase.bak’ with format
Sometimes, partial restoration is not the solution, try performing a full backup restoration technique. To perform a full backup, first, uninstall the backup application followed by re-installation. Check that the account under which SQL service binds is the member of “Domain User Group” and has been provided with ‘Write’ access to the Windows server.
If backup restoration is behind the error, try retrieving other backup sets within the backup device by specifying the file number.
NOTE: The file number signifies the backup set series that needs to be restored.
Run the following command to retrieve the backup set from Query Analyzer:
RESTORE HEADERONLY FROM DISK=’C: \MyDatabase.bak
Next, specify the particular backup set for retrieval by using the following command:
RESTORE DATABASE mydatabase FROM DISK=’C: \MyDatabase.bak WITH FILE = FileNumber
The above command may help you restore some backup sets from the damaged device, but there is a possibility that the backup restoration process is not complete. So, it is mandatory to verify the integrity of the restored database.
You can identify the success or failure of backup operation or restore operation in the SQL Server error log, as well as, from the backup history tables in the MSDB system database.
If you’re unable to restore your database from the .bak file, it is likely that the file has turned corrupt. And, you cannot restore from a corrupt .bak file. But, you can try to extract data from the file by using Stellar Toolkit for MS SQL software. It is trusted by Microsoft MVPs and is a combination of 3 powerful tools that help repair corrupt SQL Server database, extracts database from corrupt .bak file, and reset SQL Server password.
When your backup system is hit with SQL Server Error 3013 before restoring the database, you can try any of these manual methods to fix the error:
If you get a 3013 error when restoring the DB, check for other backup sets available on the storage device and retrieve them. But, if you’re unable to restore the .bak file, chances are that the file is corrupt. If that’s the case, you can try extracting data from the .bak file by using the Stellar Toolkit for MS SQL software.
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