The media family on device ‘’ is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family. RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally.

Error:

The media family on device ‘<FILENAME.BAK>’ is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family. RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally.

Snapshot:

Causes:

  • Ensure Backup copy of database is good and files copied properly.
  • If you create the backup in SQL Server 2008 then it wont restore in SQL Server 2005.
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