I 'am trying to import database into sqlserver 2008 using this query

EXEC sp_attach_db @dbname = 'LIQ_DEV_V9',  

but it failed with

Error: The header for file '/home/elsayedawd/DATA/data-base-dumbs/database-9/LIQ_DEV_V9_log.LDF' is not a valid database file header. The PageAudit property is incorrect. SQLState: S00015 ErrorCode: 5172

  • ,There could be two possibility the log file or data file is damaged or you are attching a higer version database to a lower version server. Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 10:57
  • Ok , is it possible to import without log file?
    – Elsayed
    Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 11:00

1 Answer 1


Ok , is it possible to import without log file?

Yes, but stop using deprecated procedures like sp_attach_db (see the big warning at the top).

Next, you need to supply paths to SQL Server that make sense. Can you get to /home/ in Windows Explorer? Can you do that when logged in as the SQL Server service account?

    name = LIQ_DEV_V9, 
    filename = 'C:\...\LIQ_DEV_V9.mdf'

This might fail if SQL Server attempts to create a new log file in a location where that file already exists; so if the damaged LDF file is in that same folder, you may want to rename it, move it, or delete it.

More importantly, you really shouldn't be relying on mdf/ldf files as backups; please read this post:

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