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I'm trying to write a database backup statement that will overwrite the existing backup but I'm not having any luck. I've tried various combinations of the INIT, FORMAT, and RETAINDAYS =x clauses but the backup seems to always append to the existing file instead of overwriting/recreating it.

What is the correct statement to use to achieve this?

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You should be able to use WITH INIT provided that the name of the backup that you are taking matches the name within the backup.

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  • That did it. I tried the INIT clause before and it didn't seem to be working but after trying it again, everything looks OK. Thanks much. – joeqwerty Apr 26 '12 at 23:53
  • no problem, happy to help. – mrdenny Apr 27 '12 at 0:33

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