Top 3 Errors of SQL Server That Might Corrupt Your Database

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Top 3 Errors of SQL Server That Might Corrupt Your Database

SQL Server is an incredible platform—but just like any other database, it's prone to correction. Learn the three most common SQL Server errors and how they can be solved.

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Are you speculating about corruption in your SQL data? Do you know that there are different errors that indicate an unhealthy SQL Server database? In this blog, we are going to cover three major errors associated with SQL along with the best solutions.

But first, let's explore some basic information about database corruption.

What Is Database Corruption?

SQL Server is a platform used for business stability. However, just like any other database, it's prone to corruption. Database corruption in SQL is related to the inappropriate storage of actual zeroes and ones, which are required to save your database on-disk or in the I/O subsystem stage. In this sense, the corruption addressed in this post is unlike other “disasters” that render the business data futile. These corruptions ultimately cause different problems and create different hurdles and there could be several reasons behind database corruption in SQL Server.

Following are the three most common errors that a user may face while accessing the database in SQL Server and how they can be solved.

Error 1: SQL Error 5172

The SQL Server saves its physical database in a primary file that has data as per the pages. The first page holds the information of the MDF file header, which is called a header page. It consists of various information about the database such as the size of the file, signature, etc. During the process of attaching the MDF in SQL Server, a frequent error encountered by users is error 5172. This generally occurs when the MDF file becomes unhealthy or damaged. Once this error occurs, the information of the header file has already been mismatched, making it difficult to access the data.

These are some of the major factors that result in the error:

    1. Bad shutdown of the system

    2. Attacks from a malicious virus

    3. Inappropriate shutdown of SQL

    4. Malfunctioning of hardware

Error 2: SQL Fatal 823 Error

SQL users use Windows APIs for the execution of I/O operations. Upon the completion of I/O operations, SQL verifies for any error associated with the API calls. If these API calls are incompatible with the Operating System, error 823 occurs in SQL Server. This error message consists of the following information:

    1. Whether the I/O operation is a write or read request

    2. The offset within the file where the I/O operation was tried

    3. The file against which the I/O operation was executed

    4. The error code of the Operating System and error description

The error 823 message signifies that there is an issue with the underlying storage machine hardware or a driver that is in the path of I/O request. Users may face this error when there are contradictions in the file system or if the database file is corrupted.

Error 3: 8946 SQL Server

The main reason behind error 8946 is corruption in the SQL database. Once the error arises, it makes it tough to access the files. Moreover, it can happen when there is not a valid page header to a specific assigned page. There are various reasons for the error. Some of these are power failure, virus infection, sudden shutdown of the machine, and hardware failure. Once the headers are corrupted or damaged, the entire data is damaged, possibly resulting in data loss. In order to avoid this, it is important to fix this issue as soon as possible.

Solutions to Fix SQL Server Errors

There are two main methods for fixing errors in SQL Server.

    1. Method 1: This is not necessarily a method to repair the database but to restore your damaged SQL files. In order to do this effectively, it is recommended to have updated backups of your SQL data. If users have the backup, then they can easily restore the SQL files.

    2. Method 2: Another method is using SQL database repair software to repair the SQL files and fix the errors. These often easy-to-use tools can provide various features that make the process of repairing your SQL database simple.


SQL plays a significant role when it comes to business durability. However, there are some errors that can hinder the process. Considering this, we have discussed the top three errors of SQL Server that may corrupt the data, along with effective solutions. 

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