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    Unanswered: open bak file

    I have.bak file about 35mb, a database backup. I want to open this file so that I can view its contents. Fileviewer software can not do this. Could someone help me how to open this file?

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    you need to restore it to a sql server instance...

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186858.aspx
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    You can not view database content of backup file (.BAK) without restoring on SQL server instance.

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