How to Recover SQL Server Database Without Backup

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How to Recover SQL Server Database Without Backup

In some cases, it is possible to recover data from your SQL Server instance even without a backup. We take a closer look at how in this post.

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Microsoft SQL Server has a widely used database management system for storing and retrieving data. It stores its files in MDF, NDF, and LDF format. If a SQL database is lost due to disasters, then backups act as a silver lining. That is why MS SQL administrators always suggest making backups regularly. But data loss can occur at any time due to multiple known and unknown causes. Under such circumstances, if a user has MDF and LDF files as the backup, then it is easy to restore the deleted and lost database back to its original state. Otherwise, repairing corrupt SQL files, tables, and other components can be a tedious task if users do not follow the right technique. There are manual commands available that shows how to recover SQL Server database without backup, but an authentic third-party software is always the best approach to do it.

Method to Recover SQL Server Database Without Backup

If you do not have backup and you need to recover SQL database without backup, in order to recover corrupted tables in your SQL database, there are some commands mentioned below that will help you recover the database manually.

DBCC CHECKTABLE (‘table_name’)

To check entire database in MS SQL Server, this command will require being used by command line or query manager.

DBCC CHECKDB (‘database_name’)

Both REPAIR_ALLOW_DATA_LOSS and REPAIR_FAST commands have the following repair options:


This command performs allocation and deallocation of rows, pages for correcting allocation errors, structural row or page errors, deletion of damaged text objects, etc.

But these repair commands can lose some data. This command should be performed only when all other methods do not work. Recovery may be done under a user transaction to permit the user to roll back the changes made. If repairs are rolled back and the database still has errors, then it should be restored from the backup. Once the recovery process is completed,  you will get a backup of the database.


This command performs minor and non-time-consuming repair actions like repairing extra keys in non-clustered indexes. These repairs can be done quickly and without risk of any data loss.

Professional Solution to Recover SQL Database Without Backup

Sometimes, the manual approach is not able to repair SQL Server Database; generally, when the corruption level is severe and users do not have the backup file. In this situation, users look for a third-party solution that can smartly handle any level of corruption without a backup file. Thus, SQL recovery software is the best tool to recover a SQL Server database without backup. The software is extraordinarily programmed to recover all minor and major MDF file corruption issues with accuracy. Moreover, this utility has the ability to restore all SQL database objects such as Tables, Functions, Triggers, Stored Procedures, Keys, Views, Rules, Indexes, etc. This software also ensures the quick results without any risk of data loss.

Recover database without backup


If a user doesn't have a backup of their SQL database and wants to know how to recover their SQL server database without backup, there are both manual methods and automatic solutions discussed in this blog. But in case of mass corruption, the manual commands may fail to perform the recovery process. To overcome such a situation, it is advised to take help from professional solutions.

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