Backup SQL Server Database in 3 Ways [Quickstart]

How do I create a backup database in SQL? This post shows you two common ways to efficiently back up SQL Server database. First, you can use EaseUS SQL backup software to easily back and restore SQL DC or backup a SQL database using a command prompt.

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Updated by Jean on Dec 19, 2023
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SQL databases are used by businesses of all sizes to store data. Therefore, backing up SQL Server databases is essential to ensure that the data is safe and recoverable in case of disaster. Several methods are feasible for SQL database backup, and the best method for a particular organization will depend on its specific needs.

This article will explore different ways to back up SQL database, including manual and automatic SQL backups. However, before we learn how to back up SQL Server, we need to understand the main types of SQL database backups.

Main Types of SQL Server Backups

Four main types of SQL Server backups are available for you to protect your data: full, differential, transaction log, and copy-only.

  • SQL Full backup contains all of the data in your database, and they are typically used as a baseline for other types of backups.
  • SQL Differential backup keeps only the data that has changed since the last full backup.
  • SQL database Transaction log backup saves all transactions that have occurred since the last full or differential backup.
  • SQL Copy-only backups are copies of your database that are not used to restore your database; they are used for tasks such as creating a test environment or copying data to another location.

You can use a combination of these different types of backups to create a backup strategy that meets your organization's needs. For example, you might take a full backup once a week and differential backups daily, or you might take full backups daily and transaction log backups every hour.

The specific backup strategy that you use will depend on factors such as the amount of data in your database, how often your data changes, and the resources that you have available.

Now that we know the basics let's begin backing up SQL database together.

How to Backup SQL Server Database Automatically

The simplest way to back up SQL databases is to use a professional backup tool - EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise. This file backup program is designed specifically for backing up Windows Server, Workstations, and Server applications like Microsoft Exchange email and SQL databases.

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EaseUS Server backup program offers a wide range of features:

  • Backup SQL database to another Server
  • Schedule SQL Server backup Schedule automatically 
  • Well-known Exchange database backup software
  • Restore the Server database backup file quickly 

How to Backup SQL Server Database File in Easy Clicks

SQL DB backup tips: Be sure to keep the backup file on a different disk than the one on which the database is stored. This way, your data will remain intact in a disk crash.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise. Then click "New Task" to set a new backup. 

click new task to create backup

Step 2. Choose "File" as the target among the options at the top. Then select the specific files you want to back up.

choose file to backup

Step 3. Then click "Browser" to choose the destination where you want to put the backup.

choose the destionation

Step 4. You can customize your backup scheme by clicking "Schedule: Off". Here you can see "Schedule", "Backup cleanup" and "Adcanced Settings". Click "New" under the "Schedule" catalog.

set schedule backup step1

Then set the backup frequency based on your needs.

set scheduled backup step 2

Or, you can choose the "Smart backup" under the Backup Scheme, which will monitor the selected file changes and backup sutomatically.

choose smart backup

Step 5. Click "Backup options" on the bottom-left corner of the interface.

backup options

You can change the performance, encryption, e-mail notification, and other options here according to your preferences. When finish, click "Save" to return to the main interface. 

Step 6. When you finish all settings, click "Proceed" to start backing up files. 

click proceed to start backup

How to Restore Database in SQL Server

You can restore your SQL database anytime in simple steps given below. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer. Click on the "Recovery" button.

choose recovery

Step 2.Click the "Browser" button on the top-right corner.

click browser

Step 3. A window about recovery will come out. Find and choose the file you need to recover, then click "OK".

choose the file you need to recover

Step 4. You can browser to choose a new place, or recover to original place. Then click on "Proceed" button and the recovery begins. 

recover location

How to Back Up SQL Server in Server Management Studio

Backing up your SQL Server is an important part of maintaining your data. You use Server Management Studio to do it. Here's how:

Step 1. Open Server Management Studio and connect to your SQL Server instance.

Step 2. Right-click on the instance name, click "Tasks" and select "Backup."

ssms backup

Step 3. In the Backup window that appears, select the "General" tab.

Step 4. Select whether you want to perform a full or differential backup. A full backup will include all of the data in your database, while a differential backup will only include data that has changed since the last full backup.

choose SQL backup types

Step 5. Select the destination for your backup file. This can be a local or network drive.

Step 6. Click "OK" to start the backup process.

Here we also share a video tutorial of SQL Server backup with you. You can follow the timeline prompts to jump to what you want to watch:

  • From 03:05 Select your SQL database
  • From 03:48 Select a backup destination
  • From 04:42 How to verify backup
  • From 05:01 Configure options to compress backup

How to Back Up SQL Server Using T-SQL Command

To create a SQL Server full backup, you need to use the BACKUP DATABASE command. This command backs up the database, including data files, transaction logs, and other SQL Server-related files.

Let's now see how to create a full backup of SQL Server using T-SQL with an example. For this example, we will use the AdventureWorks2012 database. The following query creates a full SQL Server database backup:

BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks2012

TO DISK = 'C:\AdventureWorks2012_full_backup.bak'


MEDIANAME = 'Adventureworks Full Backup media',

NAME = 'Adventureworks Full Backup';


Wrap Up

No matter which solutuion you choose, it is crucial to ensure that you have a backup plan for your SQL databases. These databases contain critical data that needs to be protected during damage. By taking the time to create backups, you can ensure that this data will be available when you need it.

EaseUS backup software provides comprehensive and advanced Server backup solutions to back up SQL DB in every way.

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Back Up SQL Database FAQs

We cover further information on backing up and restoring SQL Server in the following queries and answers.

Can you back up a SQL database while it is in use?

The answer to this question depends on the type of backup you are trying to perform. If you are using a full backup, the answer is no - you cannot back up a SQL database while it is in use. This is because a full backup captures all of the data in the database, and if the database is in use, then there will be data in use and not captured in the backup.

However, if you use a differential or transaction log backup, the answer is yes - you can back up a SQL database while it is in use. These types of backups only capture data that has changed since the last full backup, so they do not need a complete copy of the database.

How do I backup my entire SQL Server database?

Use the specialized Server backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise to perform full SQL backup quickly:

Step 1. Start the SQL DB backup software and choose file backup.

Step 2. choose and connect to your SQL instance.

Step 3. Set the backup options as full schedule backup. 

Step 4. Begin the SQL backup process.

How do I backup a SQL database using command prompt?

Creating a backup of your SQL Server database is an essential step in maintaining the integrity of your data. There are several ways to make a full backup, but using PowerShell is a quick and easy way to get the job done.

Step 1. Open PowerShell and connect to your SQL Server instance.

Step 2. Run the following command to create a full backup of your database:


Replace with the name of your database and with the path where you want to save the backup file.

How does full backup work in SQL Server?

SQL full backup copies all data in a database, including the transaction log. This backup type is typically used as a starting point for creating subsequent differential and log backups. However, you can also restore a database from a full backup without using other backups.

To create a full backup, you can use ultimate backup software, SQL Server Management Studio, Transact-SQL, or PowerShell.

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Updated by Jean

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Written by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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