Repair and Restore SQL Database Using Stellar Repair for MS SQL Software

Recently, a sudden power outage at our work caused SQL Server databases to crash uncleanly. Restarting the server initiated the restore of each database. We were able to restore most of the databases, but there is one that will not open. We cannot restore the database from the backup because the backup is not up to date and some crucial data is missing. Also, repairing the database using DBCC may result in data loss.

While looking for alternatives to restore SQL Server database without risk of data loss, we came across Stellar® SQL Recovery Tool. Stellar Repair for MS SQL the software did the job. It repaired and restored the inaccessible database to its original state.

How to use Stellar Repair for MS SQL software?

Before talking about using the software, let’s first see the software installation prerequisites:

  • Processor: Intel-compatible (x86, x64)
  • Memory: 32 GB (recommended) 16 GB (minimum)
  • Hard disk: 250 MB for installation files
  • MS SQL Server: 2019 and earlier versions
  • Operating system: Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 and Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7

The process of downloading and installing the software is very simple and quick. Installing the software only took a few seconds. Launching the software opened a popup message asking to stop the SQL server and copy the database to another location.

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The software repairs the MDF file. You have to browse and select the file you want to repair using Browse or Find options.

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On clicking Repair, the software offers two levels of scan, standard level for quick scan and advanced scan option for deep scan. Select the scan option that suits you best.

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After the scan is completed, the software previews the repaired database and its recoverable objects. Apart from repairing corrupted database, the software also helps in recovering deleted data. However, you need a log file for recovery of deleted records.

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The next step is to save the repaired database file.

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You can choose to recreate the database by saving the repaired MDF file to a new database or saving it to a Live database. This means you can export the repaired database to an existing database. You can also choose to save the file in other file formats (like CSV, HTML, and XLS).

To save the MDF file to a database, you need to provide details to connect to the server and choose the location to save the file.

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By clicking Next, the software offers two different levels of registration options. You can choose Quick Save option to quickly save the repaired file with data first and indexes later. However, if you want to log data and indexes simultaneously, select the Standard Logging option.

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The SQL Recovery Tool starts saving records and displays the status. Tables with the status “Completed” are those that have been saved. Those that are still being registered have the status “Processing”, and the others are displayed as “Pending”. It’s amazing how the software keeps users informed about the progress of the backup process.

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Conclusion

You can use Stellar Repair for MS SQL to repair your MDF file (if you don’t want to lose your data by running DBCC CHECKDB command with REPAIR_ALLOW_DATA_LOSS).

The tool also helps restore database with minimal downtime by allowing you to process and save multiple database tables in one process – with 8X speed.

The software is available in different editions. To check the accuracy of the data before saving it, you can download the demo version of the SQL Recovery Tool. To save the data, you will need to activate the licensed version of the tool.

Some other features of the software are as follows:

  • Recovers database objects such as tables, views, triggers, collations, stored procedures, synonyms, etc.
  • Recover clustered and nonclustered indexes.
  • Supports MS SQL Server ROW Compressed and Page Compressed data.
  • Allows you to select specific database objects that you want to save in the repaired MDF file.
  • Generate a log report of the entire SQL database repair process.

Stellar Repair for MS SQL is easy to use and effective software. It does what it claims; repairs corrupted SQL database and restores database access.

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Maria H. Underwood