You’ve recently come across a peculiar type of file with a .bak extension và you know you are supposed khổng lồ restore it in order khổng lồ get the data.

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This article will show you what to lớn bởi in case you have such a file và you need khổng lồ open it khổng lồ access the information.

What is a .bak file?

You probably guessed up until this point, if you didn’t already know, a .bak tệp tin is a backup tệp tin that contains the details or information related to a software system, the contents of a database, or another file.

The most comtháng .bak files nowadays are database backups of SQL Server databases, but there are still other programs (lượt thích that might create files with this extension. You can find a more detailed danh mục here.

Because this extension is used for backup files of any type there is no standardized format for creating .bak files, thus each program that creates .bak files can decide on how to format them.

This also means that unlượt thích other types of files, like .zip or .rar which have sầu a standard after which they are created & how they are un-archived, there is no standard program for extracting/importing information from a .bak file.

But there is still good news, as you don’t need to download a special program to view the contents of a .bak file, but the bad news is that there is a high chance that you will have sầu to open each .bak tệp tin differently.

How khổng lồ open a .bak file?

As we have sầu already said, .bak files can be created by multiple programs &, if you don’t know anything about the file’s history than you will have to go through a few more steps in order to extract information from the file.

If you bởi vì know a few details about the file’s history, like what program it has been exported from, just go lớn that program & see if there is a restore option for your file.

But as this is a related to lớn SQL Server và its backups the chances are higher that you want to open (or restore) the .bak file. Thus we will continue with how khổng lồ open a backup tệp tin of a database.

In order lớn see the information in a backup of a database, you will have to restore it first. Unfortunately, there is no other way of seeing the information as it is formatted. You can try to lớn open it with text editors like Notepad or similar software but you will just get a mess of characters displayed.

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How lớn restore a .bak file?

As we said, there is no other way of opening and reading the contents of a Squốc lộ Server .bak file other than restoring it.

The process of restoring the backup file will create the table structures & insert the data, depending on the type of backup file that it is. To restore a .bak file using Squốc lộ Server Management Studio (SSMS) you must do the following steps.

On the database you want lớn restore, right-click it then go to Tasks -> Restore -> Database, as can be seen below.


Then kiểm tra the radio button From device and cliông xã on the button khổng lồ browse for the location of the .bak file.


You will get lớn a screen lượt thích the one below where you will have lớn cliông chồng on Add in order khổng lồ choose the .bak tệp tin.


The next screen that appears will be similar to lớn the one below, where you will have to go to lớn the thư mục that contains your .bak file và select it for restoring.


Once you have sầu selected the file, click OK and then OK again until you get bachồng to this screen where you will have sầu to select the backups you want to restore.

You will have to tick both the FULL backup type and the Transaction log in order for the restore process lớn succeed.


Once you select them you press OK and you should pretty soon (depending on your backup’s size) get a message similar lớn this.


And this is all you have khổng lồ do. Now your database should be online and you will be able lớn access the data inside it.

How khổng lồ restore a .bak tệp tin MUCH FASTER?

There is a simpler option khổng lồ avoid doing all this through SSMS, or even if you don’t have SSMS available. Just tải về SQLBackupAndFTPhường. and you can restore your .bak tệp tin MUCH FASTER.

All you need to lớn vày is khổng lồ create a backup job using the following instructions. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!