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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Types of Backups

SQL Server offers several different types of backups you can use to restore a database to a former state. Each of these backups uses a file or set of files to capture the database state. The files are found outside the SQL Server database and can be stored on media such as tape or hard disk.

As described in the following sections, these backup types are available with SQL Server 2012:

Image Full database backups

Image Differential database backups

Partial backups

Differential partial backups

File and filegroup backups

Copy-only backups ...

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