[Company Logo Image] 

Home Up Contents Coffee Break Credits Glossary Links Search

Error 3205 Too Many Backup Devices



Analysis Services
CLR Integration
High Availability
Open Source
SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2014
SQL Server 2016
SQL Server 2017
SQL Server 2019

Error 3205 Too Many Backup Devices Specified.

Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Microsoft SQL Server 2005.


Error Message.

When you are trying to restore a backup created on a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 instance to a different Microsoft SQL Server instance using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, you get the following error:

An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)
Additional information:
Too many backup devices specified for backup or restore; only 64 are allowed.
RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 3205)




You are trying to restore a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database into Microsoft SQL Server 2000 instance.

Backups created with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 cannot be restored to an earlier version of SQL Server(1).


  1. Make sure you are restoring to the intended SQL Server instance.
  2. Run the following command "SELECT @@version" on the target instance of the restore operation, and make sure you are not restoring to a SQL Server 2000 instance.


(1) Books Online 2005 (April 2006) - RESTORE (Transact-SQL)



.Send mail to webmaster@sqlcoffee.com with questions or comments about this web site.