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I have set up a local instance in SQL Server 2008 R2. I have a database (called GD_LOCAL_TC) that I need to restore so I can begin working in it (right now it's empty).

When I right click on GD_LOCAL_TC --> TASKS --> Restore database, it will not let me navigate to the .bak file that I need to restore. It shows the C drive as well as folders, but will not show any of the files I need to highlight.

Is this a problem with the program I am using, or am I missing something?!

I don't know if this matters, but the .bak file is from SQL Server 2005.

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It's looking for a 2008 SQL Server database backup, not a 2005 SQL Server database backup.

This is primarily because it's not possible to directly restore one SQL database version into a different version database engine. Different SQL versions have different metadata formats and schemas that aren't compatible across versions. The easiest thing to do would be to restore this database to a 2005 SQL Server engine, and then go through the following procedure to copy it from 2005 to 2008.

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