Solution to Recover Deleted Records In SQL Server

Andrew Jackson | January 25th, 2019 | SQL Master Database |


Performing UPDATE or DELETE operation without a WHERE condition and losing data is the most common scenario seen with Users handling large SQL database. SQL is the most used database manager in corporate sectors for handling large data. At such level one small mistake can give a large impact on pocket so the user should always be prepared to handle such condition. And the best way is to always know the solution to recover deleted records in SQL Server.

How to Recover Deleted Records In SQL Server?

The preminent conceivable way to deal with accidental update and delete operation is to go for SQL database Backup. This solution can be implemented in different ways as discussed below.

  1. Restore the SQL Database Backup to be used as a replacement for original altered data.
  2. One can keep both Database separately
  3. Go for UPDATE operation on altered rows and columns by finding the original data from backup.

All the above mentioned scenarios can be used only if the updated SQL backup of the database is available. In most cases this solution fails because of below mentioned reason.

  1. Lack of updated backup.
  2. Incursion of new data
  3. If the alter database rows are not defined.

Secondly, The fn_dblog function helps in reading SQL Server transaction logs and tracking the accidentally deleted or updated records, but unable to recover deleted records in SQL Server.

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Alternate Method to Recover Deleted Records in SQL Server

There is another solution for such situation which you can use if you don’t have recent backup of current database.SQL Recovery Utility can be used as an second alternative to recover deleted records in SQL Server. This alternative also allow to recover and save the database in desired location. Here we will discuss the procedure to recover SQL data from accidental delete or update operation using the SQL Recovery Utility.

1. Open SQL Recover Utility

SQL Recovery

2. Browse the database File to be recovered by clicking on OPEN.

open sql mdf file

3. Scan the File By choosing required scanning option.

  • Advance Scan for deep Scanning
  • Quick Scan for normal corruption.

Scanning option

4. Choose the SQL Server version manually or go for auto detection.

SQL Server Version

5. Choose the option to recognize corresponding NDF file.

NDF file option

6. See the Summarized details of scanning operation provided by the Recovery Utility.

scanning execution

7. Save your .str file by selecting desired location.

save .str file

8. Get a preview of recovered deleted or updated data.

preview recovered data

9. Export the Recovered Database File using provided options.SQL Server Database or SQL Server Compatible Script

export option

10. Click on Yes when prompt appear to “Export Deleted Records

export records

11. Browse the location for saving exported file.

destination location

12. Click on Close after the Export has been completed.

export complete

Watch How to Recover Deleted Records using Transaction Logs


The blog discussed about the solution on how to recover deleted records in SQL Server Database if the backup of most recent database is not available for recovery. So, if you performed DELETE operation accidentally then you don’t need to worry about because you have its alternate recovery solution.