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Is there any way to to restore a backup created on sql server 2005, onto sql server 2000?

Edit: all I have is the .bak file, no access to the original database.

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Unfortunately, no. The database formats are incompatible. You should be able to restore it to a SQL 2005 instance and then copy it to the 2000 instance via the copy db wizard.

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I'll add that you can get a 60 trial version of SQL 2008 from MSFT's website. – user18330 Jan 5 '10 at 16:43
Yeah, or SQL Express for free if all you need is something to restore to. And as long as the db is small enough. – squillman Jan 5 '10 at 18:32

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