[Solved] SQL Server Error 3013/3266: Backup Database Is Terminating Abnormally

You are faced with SQL server error 3013. Relax, here are useful methods to fix MS SQL error code 3013 or 3266. Among them, EaseUS MS SQL Recovery is your best choice. It can easily repair SQL server database and resolve all types of SQL database repair problems.

Updated by Daisy on Jul 20, 2023
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Overview of MS SQL Server Error Code 3013/3266

When you are trying to perform a database backup to a disk or tape, or a restore from disk or tape, error 3013/3266 may occur. For different SQL users, they may receive different messages when they encounter the error.

For SQL Server 7.0 Users:

sql server error message-1

For SQL Server 2000 Users:

sql sever error 3013-2

For SQL Server 2005 Users:

sql server error 3013-3

What Can Cause Error Code 3013/3266

Several reasons can cause the "BACKUP DATABASE is terminating abnormally" error. Let us have a look:

  • Media failure in which the data backup has been stored.
  • Write failure occurs during the execution of the backup process at the same time.
  • Connectivity loss occurred during the network backup procedure.
  • There's not enough space. The size of the database is 2 GB while a separate database is larger than 2 GB. It is restored in an existing database.
  • The database is unable to read the file mark, which is available in a backup device or inaccessibility of file mark itself. 

Method 1. Manually Fix MS SQL Error 3013

To fix the error manually, follow the solutions below:

1. Delete or Erase the Device

To fix the error, you must delete or erase the device to perform new backups to the backup device. Before you delete or erase your data, back up your database in advance.

BACKUP DATABASE mydatabase TO DISK='C:\MyDatabase.bak' with FORMAT

2. Run Query Analyzer

If the error message occurs during a restore operation, it may be possible to retrieve other backup sets from the device by specifying the file number. Run the following command to retrieve the backup from Query Analyzer.


Each backup set has one entry in the output. To indicate a specific backup set, use this code:

RESTORE DATABASE mydatabase FROM DISK='C:\MyDatabase.bak WITH FILE = FileNumber

Important: FileNumber is the backup set number you want to restore.

Method 2. Fix Microsoft SQL 3013 Error with EaseUS MS SQL Recovery

What if error 3013 still exists even after performing all the manual solutions? What can you do? You can restore the data from a corrupt .bak file. You should try EaseUS MS SQL Recovery to fix this error. It is a superior database repair software. It can repair corrupted MDF or NDF SQL server database and solve SQL database problems. Besides, it can do the following things:

  • Repairs corrupted SQL server database components - tables, triggers, indexes, keys, rules & stored procedures.
  • Undelete SQL records from SQL Database.
  • Save the database scan results to resume data recovery at a later stage.
  • Export the repaired file to CSV, MDF, HTML, and MDF formats.

Follow the steps to repair your database and fix the error:

Step 1: Select the corrupted database for recovery

  • Launch EaseUS MS SQL Recovery.
  • Select the corrupted database file by clicking "Browse" (the two dots) or "Search".
  • After selecting the file, click the "Repair" button to start the Analyzing process. 
select the SQL database file

Note: To use this software, you need to stop the SQL Server service.

Step 2: Repair the corrupted database

  • The software displays all the recoverable items in a tree-like structure. The items are shown in a left pane.
  • Select the desired component to be recovered. From the window, click the "Export" button. 
Select the database objects

Step 3: Export to the database or as scripts

  • Choose to export the database objects to database or export the items as scripts
  • If you choose "Export to database", enter the information required and choose the target database.
export the SQL database objects
  • A window appears up asking you to provide credentials to connect to the server and the destination to save the recovered items. In order to begin the repairing process, click "OK". 

Note: Before clicking "OK", you need to restart the SQL Server service.

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