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Kwaedza
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Zimbabwe
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Posted - 06/14/2013 :  09:01:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to restore a database but I am getting the following error, "The media family on device is incorrectly formed. SQL server can not process this media family. RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally. Microsoft SQL server, Error: 3241".

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bandi
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Posted - 06/14/2013 :  09:34:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This might help you
http://dotnetbites.com/error/sql-server/restore-headeronly-is-terminating-abnormally-microsoft-sql-server-error-3241

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prett
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USA
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  05:58:57  Show Profile  Visit prett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It looks like, you are getting error message due to a mismatch of SQL server versions between the backup and restore. Generally, you can't restore a backup created using higher version to lower version.

Here is a Link that describing database versions and compatibility levels:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlserverstorageengine/archive/2007/04/26/what-s-the-difference-between-database-version-and-database-compatibility-level.aspx
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elliswhite
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Posted - 05/02/2014 :  01:43:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
first confirm that u have taken backup of the transaction log file with main backup file, so that u can restore backup database easily from Microsoft sql server. For more help visit here: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2007/02/25/sql-server-restore-database-backup-using-sql-script-t-sql/
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adsingh82
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Posted - 05/13/2014 :  02:10:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
you can refer to this website in detail

http://dotnetbites.com/restore-headeronly-is-terminating-abnormally-microsoft-sql-server-error-3241

This error occurs when you try to restore a backup from higher version to the lower version in sql server
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adsingh82
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Posted - 07/02/2014 :  23:01:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bandi

This might help you
http://dotnetbites.com/restore-headeronly-is-terminating-abnormally-microsoft-sql-server-error-3241

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this is the correct url
Chandu



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Alwyn.M
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