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Microsoft SQL Server Restore Error 3183 : How to Fix?

Microsoft SQL Server Error 3183

Suppose you have a full backup (.bak file) of a SQL Server database with partitions and you want to restore the database from backup file. But while performing the backup operation you are getting the Error message as shown below.

Msg 3183, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
RESTORE detected an error on page (8481:553819295) in database "db_name" as read from the backup set.

Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

Reasons Behind the SQL Server Restore Error 3183

While restoring/verifying the SQL database backup (.bak file) users may face error 3183. The error message mainly arises due to the corruption of backup file. There are may other reasons responsible for SQL error 3183. Here I have listed some common reasons:

  1. The backup file that you want to restore got corrupted or damaged.
  2. The viruses or malfunctions can also harm the .bak file and it may be the reason for the Error 3183.
  3. Unavailability of free space on temporary disk can also raise the error message.
  4. Hardware failure can be the reasons for error 3183 in SQL Server database.

How to Fix Microsoft SQL Server Restore Error 3183

Suppose you have not access your original database from a long time and your only backup of the particular database get corrupted. Then in such scenario the best option is to use the RECOVER DATABASE ... WITH CONTINUE_AFTER_ERROR command. This command will attempt to complete the restore process from past some errors. Your database will be left in a SUSPECT state if the restore actually encounters the error. From this state, you can attempt to repair the database or extract as much data as possible from it.

Sometimes the manual method fails to fix the error 3183 due to highly corrupted backup file or if the database goes in suspect mode. In such situation it is recommended that you should take the help of third party bak file recovery tool.


It is recommended that if any error occurs in the database, then perform the DBCC CHECKDB command to check the reasons of the error message.


In this article we have discussed about the Microsoft SQL Server Restore Error 3183. The error occurs due to damaged backup file, virus attack, over storage, hardware failure etc. Here we have also discussed how can we fix the error 3183.

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