SSMS Restore a Database Backup

SQL Server database restoration is performed for Full, Differential, File, or Filegroup database backup. The following is the step-by-step process to restore the database in SQL Server from the .bak file. You can try restoring the backup file by using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), or by executing Transact-SQL (T-SQL) query.

To restore your database, open SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and connect to your SQL Server instance.

Right-click the Databases in Object Explorer and select Restore Database...

Select Restore Database...

On the General page, use the Source section to specify the source and location of the backup sets to restore.

Select Restore Database...

Select Device and then click the ellipses (...), it will open the Select backup devices dialog to locate your backup file.

Select backup devices

Click on the Add button and navigate to where your .bak file is located.

Select backup file

Select the .bak file and then click the OK button. Select the OK button again to close the Select backup devices dialog.

Data name

In the Destination section, the Database field is automatically populated with the name of the database to be restored. To change the name of the database, enter the new name in the Database field.

Select OK to restore the backup of your database.

Restore completed successfully

When the restore process completes successfully, click the OK button.

Restore completed successfully

Using Transact-SQL

You can also restore a full database backup by executing the following statement.

USE [master]
FROM DISK = 'C:\Users\Muhammad Waqas\Desktop\backup\AdventureWorksDW2016.bak'

USE [master]
RESTORE DATABASE AdventureWorksDW2016_Data FROM DISK = 'C:\Users\Muhammad Waqas\Desktop\backup\AdventureWorksDW2016.bak' WITH 
MOVE 'AdventureWorksDW2016_Data' TO 'C:\Users\Muhammad Waqas\AdventureWorksDW2016.mdf',
MOVE 'AdventureWorksDW2016_log' TO 'C:\Users\Muhammad Waqas\AdventureWorksDW2016.ldf', REPLACE