I had installed Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Management Studio and had been working on a database for sometime now. My laptop had Windows 7 (64 bit) installed. And I had been taking regular backup on that machine and also stored the backup on an external drive.

Due to some reason my laptop stopped working. So now I started working on a different laptop. This other laptop has Windows 7 (32 bit) installed on it. I installed Microsoft SQL Sever 2014 Management Studio and restored my database using the .bak file.

I have been working on this database for sometime now and now the problem is when I try to take backup of my database I get this error:

SQLServer Error

Can someone please tell me how to resolve this error and how can I again take backup on this Windows 32 bit laptop?


  • Why, why, why do you have a 32-bit OS installed anywhere? It's 2015, right? Sep 26, 2015 at 9:57

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Change your Backup command to something like this

TO DISK = N'D:\MyDB.bak' 
     NAME = N'MyDB backup', STATS = 10, FORMAT

Notice the FORMAT at the end.

This should do it. You're changing NOFORMAT to FORMAT and remove NOSKIP

  • 4
    Another reason it's better to write a script than to use a the GUI.
    – Zane
    Sep 25, 2015 at 18:35
  • 2
    I think also just writing to a new file (WITH INIT) rather than appending to the previous, existing backup will be the main solution. Sep 26, 2015 at 9:56

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