I want to restore to a point in time from a database that is already attached. When I try to do this using SMSS I cannot find the database I want in the dropdown list, but oddly it has a couple databases in the list that have been deleted.

I tried closing/reopening SMSS in hopes that it would refresh but no such luck.

Anyone know why the database is not showing up in the "From database:" drop down list?


If I try to restore a backup to a point in time then no backup sets appear for me to select. However, if I restore the backup to the most recent point in time and then restore the transaction log then I'm able to select a point in time when restoring the transaction log. But then when I query the database I find that it's still restored to the most recent point in time from the database backup rather than the time I selected for the transaction log.

How do I restore to a point in time? The backups are using the full backup model, but I'm not sure if I should be doing anything else as part of the backup to be able to restore to a point in time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • What drop down are you referring to?
    – user507
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 0:31
  • In Management Studio when you restore a database you have the option to restore from a database or from a device. The dropdown for restoring from a database is the one I'm referring to.
    – BVernon
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 8:11
  • Do you have permissions to restore a database?
    – user507
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 13:55


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