How to Repair SQL Server 2012 Step by Step

SQL Server may corrupt due to various reasons. When you are faced with SQL Server database corruption, you can use your database as expected, which is quite frustrating. Given that, we will show you how to repair SQL Server 2012 step by step with the advanced MS SQL Recovery tool and provide extra tips on how to prevent SQL Server corruption.

Updated by Cedric on Jul 20, 2023
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Common Reasons for SQL Server Corruptions

While using MS SQL, including SQL Server 2012, it’s almost inevitable that you may encounter the SQL database corruption error in one moment or another. If that happens, you are unable to access and use your database as you want, which is quite annoying and is undesired. Based on our experience, SQL database corruption issue may occur due to one of the following reasons:

  • Virus/malware attacks
  • Unexpected SQL Server shutdown
  • Hardware faults, e.g. hard drive failure
  • Issues with disks, subsystems, drivers, controllers, CPU or memory module
  • Software bugs

When you come across a situation in which you need to repair your SQL Server 2012, you can choose to recover your SQL database with the backups. However, if you don’t have any backup available, you will need to find a reliable SQL repair tool.

Advanced SQL Recovery Tool - EaseUS MS SQL Recovery

Applies To: MS SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 and older versions

Among the SQL repair tools, EaseUS MS SQL Recovery has been proven as professional and trustworthy. It will help you solve various SQL database issues and meet your diversified needs by providing solutions to:

  • Repair SQL Server database: both primary (.mdf) and secondary (.ndf)
  • Repair database log files that may result in database errors
  • Repairs corrupted SQL server database objects - tables, triggers, indexes, keys, rules & stored procedures
  • Recover deleted/dropped SQL database records

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How to Repair SQL Server 2012 Step by Step

SQL database corruption implies the corruption of the MDF or NDF file of the database. Thus, to repair SQL Server 2012, you will need to repair the MDF/NDF file of the database.

Step 1. Stop MS SQL Server service

Press "Windows + R" and enter services.msc.

Find and double-click "SQL Server (instant name)".

In the Properties windows, click "Stop" to end the SQL Server and click "Apply" to confirm.

Step 2. Run EaseUS SQL repair tool. In the main interface, click "Browse" (the two dots) to choose the corrupted MDF/NDF file. Then click "Repair" to start analyzing your MDF/NDF file. 

If you know the exact location of the file, click "Browse" to locate the database.

If you don’t know the file location, click "Search" to search for the .mdf or .ndf file in.

select the SQL database file

Step 3. When it has done, you will see all the database objects listed in the left pane of the window. Choose the database objects you'd like to repair and click "Export".

Select the database objects

Step 4. Choose a preferred way to export the database data: "Export to database" or "Export as SQL scripts". If you select "Export to database", you need to further select the server information, log into your account, and select a destination database, either a new one or an existing one.

export the SQL database objects

Step 5. Before you click "OK", now you need to restart the SQL Server.

Press "Windows + R" and enter services.msc.

Find and double-click "SQL Server (instant name)".

In the Properties windows, click "Start" to restart the SQL Server service and click "Apply" to confirm.

Step 6. Click "OK" to save the repaired files to your desired SQL database.

Extra Tip: How to Repair SQL Server 2012 with DBCC Command

DBCC CHECKDB checks both logical and physical integrity of all the objects in a specified database. Using the DBCC command is an alternative choice to repair your SQL Server 2012. The command is quite straightforward:

DBCC CHECKDB ('DatabaseName')  

After running this command, it will check the consistency error and repair it if possible.

How to Prevent SQL Database Corruption

In addition to learning how to repair SQL Server 2012, it is also well worth knowing how to prevent database corruption. Here are some suggestions:

  • Always monitor your disk counters
  • Regularly check your disks using CHKDSK command
  • Occasionally detect database errors by running DBCC CHECKDB

But sometimes, SQL database corruption can happen beyond your control. Thus, remember to permanently equip your computer with an SQL repair tool like EaseUS MS SQL Recovery, which will greatly minimize your risk of data loss.

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EaseUS MS SQL Recovery

  • Restore (.mdf and.ndf) Files
  • Recover Corrupted Objects
  • Fix Database Log Files