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How to fix SQL Database in Recovery Mode in SQL Server 2014 & 2016

Published on 15 December 18

Being a database administrator, you might have faced Database in Recovery mode error. The primary reason behind the occurrence of Recovery pending state error in SQL Server 2016, 2014 and all the below versions of SQL Database is storage issue in the database partition. Here, in this article, we are going to explain how easily one can fix SQL Database in Recovery mode using two easy manual methods.

What are the reasons behind SQL Database in Recovery mode?

Before going to the solution part, let know the occurrence of recovery pending state in SQL Database.

  • Hardware or software issue
  • Corrupt MDF files
  • Improper termination of SQL Database
  • Storage issue due to full database partition
  • Insufficient disk space

Manual Methods to fix SQL Database in Recovery mode or Suspect mode

Though, manual methods are quite challenging and tricky in order to keep the database away from recovery pending or suspect mode. Hence, it is advised to keep a backup copy of your original SQL database files.

Method 1: Set database in Emergency mode and begin the forceful repair

ALTER DATABASE (Database Name) set single_user
ALTER DATABASE (Database Name) set multi_user

Once the database is marked as READ_ONLY by Emergency mode, just disable the logging and grant access to the administrators.

Once the above-steps gets done, the database will come out of Emergency mode immediately.

Method 2: Detach and re-attach the database soon after marking the database in Emergency mode

ALTER DATABASE (Database Name) set multi_user
EXEC sp_detach_ db ‘(Database Name)’
EXEC sp_attach_single_file_db @Database Name = ‘(Database Name)’, @physname = N’(mdf path)’

Once these steps are performed, corrupt log files will be removed and build a new one instantly.


As above said, I have explained two manual methods to fix SQL Database in recovery mode. However, if you manual methods fail to fix Recovery Pending State in SQL Server, you can take the help of any third-party SysInfo SQL Database Recovery tool. I hope this blog will help you out to resolve your recovery pending issue.

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  1. 14 September 20

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  2. 17 August 20

    Nice Write Up! One can also use SQL Recovery Tool to Repair Corrupted MDF / NDF files. It will also help the users to bring the database to a consistent state. This application is compatible with SQL Server 2019 and below versions. To know more about this application the user can refer to this:

  3. 01 June 19

    This SQL Database Recovery tool acts to maintain workflow, activate motivation and secure the critical information of the business in SQL Server. This also provides safety to the large user’s database and prevents unauthorized access to MDF files or Microsoft server. There is an innovative and very advanced QFSCI algorithm of this package which provides accurate and fast restoration of corrupt MDF files. DOWNLOAD LINK:-

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