According to https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173778.aspx, there are four types, L, D, F and S.

All of the actual database instances I've seen so far (SQL Server 2008 and up) only have types L and D. I've written a script to backup and restore databases very quickly (there are a wealth of answers on Stack Overflow with instructions) but I'm wondering if I'll ever need to worry about the other two types: F and S.

I've read that full-text catalogues (F) are virtual from SQL Server 2008 onwards, so it seems like I will never encounter those. The documentation says that S can be an in-memory OLTP container, but I'm not sure if FileStream and FileTable are also virtual or not.


In SQL Server, the full-text catalog is a logical concept and does not reside in a filegroup. Therefore, to back up a full-text catalog in SQL Server, you must identify every filegroup that contains a full-text index that belongs to the catalog. Then you must back up those filegroups, one by one.

When a full-text index is created, it is placed in one of the following locations: A user-specified filegroup. The same filegroup as base table or view, for a nonpartitioned table. The primary filegroup, for a partitioned table.


If the database has full text catalog, you'll need to backup the filegroups pertaining to it. It is possible that there is a filegroup only containing the index for the full text catalog and nothing else, as seen by "A user-specified filegroup".

If a full-text index resides in a separate filegroup from all of the associated table data, the behavior of piecemeal restore depends on which of the filegroups is restored and brought online first:


Now for filestream, you can see an example of backups and restores here: MSSQL

You can see that the filestream backup data is classified as type S as you talked about. It is also seen in SQL as FILESTREAM type and is it's own file to be restored.

To recap, you may run into F and S type in the filelist. S type seems more likely as it's possible the full text indices reside in a filegroup with tables or other data and would be seen as D. You can specify your own filegroup for full text indices that contain just the indices however.

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