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How to fix Recovery Pending State in SQL Server Database?

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat Updated On - 30 Oct 2019

People who have used SQL server might have faced Recovery Pending state once, because of its repetitive occurrence. If you are not aware of why this error happens, then it is because your database partition is probably full. SQL is unable to open the database and cannot lock the database file which is very similar to the database in offline mode. It is more like something is preventing the server from starting.

What are the Possible reasons for Recovery Pending State?

  • Database partition is full or lack of memory space
  • Hardware failure
  • Corruption in the log files
  • Due to any incomplete task or while shutting down there were some actions pending from the user’s side
  • Damage or corruption in MDF files
  • Starting the server without time gaps

Read Also : Recover Corrupt and Damaged MDF Files

Manual Ways to Fix It

As it is always seen or experienced that manual ways are quite complicated and risky to use. So, before starting it, make sure you have the backup of the database. If you are new to this, then it is suggested that you perform it under the guidance of a technical professional or avoid performing it.

Instant Solution

Access the fastest tool Kernel for SQL Database Recovery to fix recovery pending state in SQL Server Database. This software can quickly resolve all corruption errors related to SQL Database.

Method 1

In this method, you need to start the forceful repair, run the below-mentioned SQL queries.

    ALTER DATABASE (Database Name) set single_user
    ALTER DATABASE (Database Name) set multi_user
  2. The database is marked as READ_ONLY by the emergency mode, disable logging and grants access only to the system admins.
  3. Once these steps are performed the file corruption will be fixed, and the database will be online again automatically.

Method 2

In this method we need to first work on the Emergency mode, let’s see how.

    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)’
  2. The system will automatically remove the corrupted logs and will build a new one.

If you have followed both methods successfully then till now, your issue might be resolved. If not, then it is advised to move for a safer and better approach which is an automated method.

Automated Method to Fix it

Automated is far better than investing your lot of time and efforts on manual methods. For the automated method, you can go for Kernel SQL Database Recovery, install and Run the SQL recovery software and follow these steps.

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  1. Click on the Browse button, select the database file and click on Ok.
  2. select SQL database file

  3. Select the desired recovery mode, Standard Scan is recommended. Select the database version manually or automatically. Click on Recover.
  4. select recovery mode

  5. The process will start, wait until it finishes.
  6. finished the process

  7. Now, you will get the list of SQL Database objects, select the items to preview.
  8. select the items to preview

  9. On the next window which is Saving Mode, you need to select your preferences. Either SQL Server or Batch file. If you have selected SQL Server, then provide the needed details and click on Ok.
  10. work on saving mode

  11. If you have selected the Batch File option, then in the batch folder option select the Backup file and click on Ok.
  12. Batch File selection

  13. Please wait until the process is finished. You can stop the function whenever it is needed.
  14. finished the recovery process

  15. Once the process is completed, click on Ok.
  16. recovery process is completed


As we have discussed in the blog that how crucial SQL database is for us, and how prone it is to Recovery pending state, you should know these methods for the rescue. But as we can see that how complicated the manual method is, so it is always recommended to go for the automated method. Kernel SQL Database Recovery is the best SQL tool to repair corrupt SQL Database and recover deleted records in SQL Server.

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