What to do: SQL Server Database Not Accessible After Restore

May 15, 2018 | Views: 8933

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Almost all SQL Administrators, at some point of time, experience an error on SQL Database, which states that ‘SQL server database is not accessible after restore.’ There are multiple reasons which lead to the occurrence of this error, and some of these are:

  1. Trying to restore Database through backup with No-Recovery mode
  2. Trying to restore SQL database in Recovery mode
  3. Creating the database in SQL Authentication mode login
  4. Trying to authenticate the default DB as Master to a different User account

Let us explain the causes of the problem and possible fixes:

  • Restore  Database through backup with No-Recovery Mode

When a SQL Administrator tries to restore a database through backup, then there are multiple options available for recovery, for example, ‘Recovery State with No Recovery,’. In this case, the backup recovery is possible, but the SQL database is not accessible by users during the backup recovery. The Script used is ‘Restore Database sampled with No-Recovery’ where the script converts recovery mode to no-recovery.

Sometimes, the SQL database is required by the users to access it for some information, during the time of its backup. Alternatively, the SQL database is humongous, and the SQL Admins cannot select the option of ‘Recovery state with no recovery,’.  The problem also arises when the backup is not in good condition. In those cases, the backup recovery for SQL database is interrupted, and SQL server is not accessible after restore.

Solution: Restart the services after restore 

  1. Start SQL Server Configuration Manager
  2. User Account Control dialog box appears. Click on Yes button
  3. In the Results pane, right click on SQL server and click on Restart button
  4. Click Ok and the SQL Server Configuration Manager is closed

Restarting the services may or may not restore the database. Then the next best way to restore is by ‘Trying to restore the database in Recovery mode.’

  • Restore Database through backup with Recovery Mode

The SQL Administrator drafts a Script which states that ‘Restore Database with Recovery.’ Next Refresh the SQL server and the Database is accessible. However, it is rendered inaccessible in case the Script is interrupted during its execution, for example user tries to access the database when the Scrip is still running.

The most significant drawback of using this script is that database backup is not up-to-date when it is interrupted.

  • Inaccessible Database:

Sometimes, creating the database in SQL Authentication mode login, may not let us access the data and the database is not accessible even after SQL Restore then the only way to access the database is through Windows authentication mode login. However, accessing the database through Windows authentication is not a feasible option as it reduces the security layers in the database.

  • Authenticate the default DB as Master to a different User account:

Here is an explanation. The SQL Administrator is set by the name of “ABC.” However, the user account deletes the existing user account and rebuilds with the new name . “ABC1” and assigns all SQL permissions. This change doesn’t let the user access the old databases and leaves a message “The database [DB01] is not accessible (Object Explorer)

Even after creating the new login in SQL server for “ABC1” and assigning the permissions as ‘Master’ for default database, the problem stands unresolved with SQL Database not accessible. In this situation, there is no way to detach the earlier database or expand the database.

On analyzing the issue, it was interpreted that the problem was with Operating system login credentials where Login credentials should match with SQL server login.

When the SQL Server Database is not accessible after restore, even after setting the same Login Credentials for Windows OS and SQL, then search for an appropriate software to repair SQL server database.

  • Deploy a reliable SQL Database Recovery Software 

Stellar Phoenix SQL Database Repair is one of the most competitive software which helps user come out of all the above-listed issues and ensures that SQL database is accessible after restore. The SQL Database Recovery software supports in accessing the database on a server and also prevents the server database from further chances of corruption, and in case the SQL server database is not accessible after restore, then the software helps the user in repairing SQL Server database.


SQL Server database is crucial for any organization and if the database is not accessible after restore then try Stellar software which repairs the SQL server database and ensures accessibility of SQL database after a complete restore. Besides, the software also performs recovery of deleted records and saves the recovered SQL database in accessible form of either of the four options – MSSQL, CSV, HTML, and XLS formats.


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