Two Methods to Backup SQL Server Database to Local Machine

Backing up your SQL Server database is essential for data safety and security. This article will show you how to back up your SQL Server database to your local machine, ensuring your data is protected. By following these steps, you can have peace of mind with a reliable backup in place.

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Updated by Gap on Apr 16, 2024

To enhance data management and mitigate data loss due to operational errors, it may be beneficial to use a dedicated computer as a central server within your local area network. This would serve as a repository for SQL Server backups. Wondering if this is feasible? Indeed, it is. This article from EaseUS will guide you through two distinct methods to back up a SQL Server database to your local machine.

Let's begin by understanding the significance of a SQL Server database and explore the reasons that make backing it up to a local machine crucial.

Why Do I Need to Backup SQL Server Database?

A SQL Server database is a central hub managing data of all sizes and types within your organization. It facilitates data storage and retrieval as required by software applications, websites, or other clients. Consequently, data loss from it could lead to irreparable damages. Hence, it's imperative to establish a backup as the initial step after deploying a SQL Server.

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Typically, most users prefer a local machine as their primary backup destination due to its inherent data security and effortless accessibility. In this context, we're pleased to present two secure and user-friendly methods to back up your SQL Server database to a local machine.

Two Tips to Backup SQL Server Database to Local Machine

Tip 1. Use EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise
Tip 2. Use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Tip 1. Use EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise

EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise functions as a comprehensive backup tool for Windows/Windows Server computers, enabling organizations to back up pivotal data, including files, systems, disks, and notably, the SQL Server database.
For a secure database and a streamlined backup process, download and utilize this tool.

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Step 1. Initiate a New Backup Task
Launch EaseUS Todo Backup Enterprise and click on 'New Task' to establish a fresh backup.

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Step 2. Select SQL Server Database
Opt for SQL from the available options at the top. Subsequently, choose your database to serve as the source.

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Step 3. Designate the Local Machine as the Destination
Navigate to the destination section. Utilize the drop-down menu to select a local destination on your machine, such as the 'Library', 'Computer', or 'My Documents' etc.

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Step 4. Personalize Your Backup Scheme
Considering your database undergoes changes with daily server operations, it's essential to schedule regular backups. Click the 'Schedule' button to set up a routine backup task to run daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on your preferences. Then, under the 'Backup type' feature, choose whether to perform a full, incremental, or differential backup based on your specific needs.

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For additional backup settings, like 'Backup options' and 'Backup cleanup', please click here for more detailed information.

After backing up your data, you might be concerned about future recovery needs. Here are the steps to alleviate your concerns.

Step 1. Initiate EaseUS Todo Backup
Start EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer and select the 'Recovery' button.

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Step 2. Navigate to 'Browser'
Click the 'Browser' button located in the top-right corner.

select a destination to recover your sql database to

Step 3. Select the File for Recovery
A recovery window will appear. Locate and select the file you wish to recover and then click 'Next'.

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Step 4. Choose the Recovery Destination
You can browse to designate a new recovery location or opt to restore to the original location. After confirming your choice, click the 'Proceed' button to initiate the recovery process.

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Tip 2. Use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is a software application designed for configuring, managing, and administering Microsoft SQL Server databases. It offers a graphical user interface to developers and database administrators, facilitating tasks such as database management. Here's how to use it:

Step 1: Launch SSMS and Connect to the SQL Database
Begin by initiating the SQL Server Management Studio on your computer. Once open, establish a connection with the database server housing your database. To do this, you'll need the appropriate credentials for server and database access.

Step 2: Choose the Database for Backup
Afterward, proceed to the 'Object Explorer' in SQL Server Management Studio and expand the 'Databases' folder. Identify the database you wish to back up, right-click on it, and select the 'Tasks' option from the drop-down menu, followed by 'Back up.'

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Step 3: Customize Backup Options
In the ensuing Backup Database window, you'll find options to customize your backup process. These include the choice of backup type (Full, Differential, or Transaction Log), designating the backup file's destination, and setting any extra backup options as required.

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To set the destination as your local machine, click the 'Add' button, followed by '...' and select a local storage location on your computer.

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Step 4: Initiate the Backup Process
Once you've tailored the backup options to your needs, click the 'OK' button to trigger the backup process. SQL Server will generate a backup of your database, storing it in the defined location on your local machine.


Backing up your SQL Server database to your local machine is a straightforward and vital process that aids in preventing data loss and ensures swift recovery in case of unforeseen circumstances. By adhering to the steps detailed in this article, you can seamlessly create database backups, thereby ensuring your data remains protected and secure. Regular backups are recommended to maintain access to the most current information.

EaseUS backup software, renowned for its comprehensive functionality and user-friendly features, remains an excellent choice for organizations seeking an efficient solution for SQL database backups.

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Backup SQL Server Database to Local Machine FAQs

Backing up the SQL database is very necessary. If you have additional questions, the following FAQs may be helpful.

1.What is SQL Server dump file?
A SQL dump of a database is a common method to safely store away a snapshot of the database for archival purposes or to migrate data between database instances, e.g. between two major system releases. The content of an SQL dump is a large collection of SQL statements as text.

2.Can you backup SQL database to a network drive?
Yes. To back up to a network drive when SQL Server is running in a domain user account, the shared drive must be mapped as a network drive in the session where SQL Server is running. If you start Sqlservr.exe from command line, SQL Server sees any network drives you have mapped in your login session.

3.How do I find the database backup path in SQL Server?
Right-click the SQL Server instance and select Properties. Select the Database Settings section. At the bottom of this window, you should see the Backup default location.

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Updated by Gap

Gap has been working as an experienced data backup and security engineer at EaseUS for over 10 years, focusing on working with clients to assess needs and implemented procedures and tasks for appropriate backup solutions.

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