Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Below you can find the solution of the following SQL Server error message:

Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Probably you face this error when you try to make SQL Server database backup. It has to be admitted that this error message belongs  to the permissions issue on the local disk and user account which is running SQL Server.

Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.) – Solution

Here we are going to cover two ways how you can resolve SQL Server error – Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Solution 1

To solve this issue, first of all, you need to check which user accounts my SQL Server services are running. Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Now it is necessary to give this account full permissionMsg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

If it doesn’t help or all settings are set correctly check the following solution.

Solution 2
Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

This issue also can happen if the file is read-only. To fix it open the folder where all SQL Server database backup is stored, and select the one that you need, right-click on it and select “Properties”, uncheck “Read-Only”. Press “OK” to save all new settings.  Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

After you have made all necessary settings configuration, you will be able to make SQL Server database backup.

Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

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