Restore MSSQL database with new name

Restoring old MSSQL database to a new database with different name can be a little bit tricky on Windows. This was done on Windows Server 2008 with SQL Server 2008 Management Studio installed.

Here is how:

  1. Login to your SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Create new database with name that you wish. In this case, we will create database name “new_database”. Just right click on “Databases” and then “New database”.
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  3. Select newly created database and right click on it, then select “Tasks -> Restore -> Database …” In “Destination for restore”, select database that we created in second step – new_database. Select it from drop down menu “To database”. In “Source for restore”, select  “From device” and then navigate to your database backup file from which you want to restore database.
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    Also click on “Options” on left side of the window (Select a page). Then check “Overwrite the existing database”. Make sure that you pointed to right database files (Restore the database files as -> Restore As field). When done, click OK. Restore process will start.
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  4. Your database should now be restored from your old database backup file to your newly created database new_database.
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