No Backupset Selected to be Restored

Let’s imagine┬áthe following situation. You have SQL Server database and you perform backups from time to time. Something went wrong and now you need to restore your SQL Server database. You start to do it with the help of SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) but face with the following error message: “No Backupset Selected to be Restored“.

No Backupset Selected to be Restored

No Backupset Selected to be Restored –┬áCauses and Solutions

We have researched this issue and found out the next, you can receive No Backupset Selected to be Restored because:

  1. You are trying to restore your database to a lower version of SQL Server. If you make a database backup on a higher version, let’s say SQL Server 2012 and then you try to restore it on SQL Server 2004, you will get this error message: No Backupset Selected to be Restored.
  2. The backup file is unreadable or corrupted. You can simply check your database backup using the following command:

To avoid such error message in the future we recommend you to create SQL Server database backups with the help of SqlBak. SqlBak can backup your databases automatically, according to your schedule and send backups to selected destination place. Also, if the failure occurs or there is a need to restore a database, you can do it in few minutes. Here is a simple tutorial how to backup SQL Server and how to restore your database.

6 thoughts on “No Backupset Selected to be Restored”

  1. Msg 3241, Level 16, State 7, Line 6
    The media family on device ‘F:\Jijo\SourceCode\ERP_FILES\ERP201521Dec2015.bak’ is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.
    Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
    RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally.

    pls help me

  2. Try to overwrite existing backup sets during the Database backup and give it a try, It works for me.

    DB backup=>Options = > Overwrite existing backup sets


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