[thelist] MSSQL 2005 .bak file - extract data?

Ken Schaefer Ken at adOpenStatic.com
Mon Jun 1 20:18:46 CDT 2009

.bak files are usually backup files.

Restore the database to the DBMS, then you can export the data easily (via SISS etc) or even cut-n-paste


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I realize I'm a little over my head with this, but does anyone have any suggestions on how I can extract data from an SQL 2005 .BAK file, for export into Excel/Access, in a relatively simple manner?

I'm trying to install MIcrosoft SQL Server 2005 on my system so I can open this file up, but I'm struggling a bit to figure out how to view the data, even after installing this software.

Are there any simple solutions to get to that data, other than relying on a vendor to get the data to me in another format?

Thanks as always!
-Roger Harness

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