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Home > Tips & Tricks > Error Messages 3001 to 4000
SQL Server Error Messages - Errors 3001 to 4000

A message number uniquely identifies each error message and the error message text describes the problem.  The error message text often includes placeholders for information (such as object names) to be inserted in the error message when it is displayed.  Unfortunately, the error message text does not tell you how to solve or work around the problem.  In this series of Error Messages list, we will try to provide you with ways on how to overcome or work around certain error messages.

Some error messages are self-explanatory and can easily be fixed, such as "Invalid object name".  Others are harder to fix or work around, especially by those who are new to SQL Server.  It is the intent of this page and succeeding pages (to come) to assist you in addressing or working around SQL Server error messages.

Error Severity Description
3009 16 Could not insert a backup or restore history/detail record in the msdb database. This may indicate a problem with the msdb database. The backup/restore operation was still successful.
3011 16 All backup devices must be of the same general class (for example, DISK and TAPE).
3013 16 %hs is terminating abnormally.
3014 10 %hs successfully processed %d pages in %d.%03d seconds (%d.%03d MB/sec).
3015 16 %hs is not yet implemented.
3016 16 File '%ls' of database '%ls' has been removed or shrunk since this backup or restore operation was interrupted. The operation cannot be restarted.
3017 16 Could not resume interrupted backup or restore operation. See the SQL Server error log for more information.
3018 16 There is no interrupted backup or restore operation to restart. Reissue the statement without the RESTART clause.
3019 16 The checkpoint file was for a different backup or restore operation. Reissue the statement without the RESTART clause.
3020 16 The backup operation cannot be restarted as the log has been truncated. Reissue the statement without the RESTART clause.
3021 16 Cannot perform a backup or restore operation within a transaction.
3023 16 Backup and file manipulation operations (such as ALTER DATABASE ADD FILE) on a database must be serialized. Reissue the statement after the current backup or file manipulation operation is completed.
3024 16 You can only perform a full backup of the master database. Use BACKUP DATABASE to back up the entire master database.
3025 16 Missing database name. Reissue the statement specifying a valid database name.
3026 16 Could not find filegroup ID %d in sysfilegroups for database '%ls'.
3027 16 Could not find filegroup '%.*ls' in sysfilegroups for database '%.*ls'.
3028 16 Operation checkpoint file is invalid. Could not restart operation. Reissue the statement without the RESTART option.
3031 16 Option '%ls' conflicts with option(s) '%ls'. Remove the conflicting option and reissue the statement.
3032 16 One or more of the options (%ls) are not supported for this statement. Review the documentation for supported options.
3033 16 BACKUP DATABASE cannot be used on a database opened in emergency mode.
3034 16 No files were selected to be processed. You may have selected one or more filegroups that have no members.
3035 16 Cannot perform a differential backup for database '%ls', because a current database backup does not exist. Perform a full database backup by reissuing BACKUP DATABASE, omitting the WITH DIFFERENTIAL option.
3036 16 Database '%ls' is in warm-standby state (set by executing RESTORE WITH STANDBY) and cannot be backed up until the entire load sequence is completed.
3037 16 Minimally logged operations have occurred prior to this WITH RESTART command. Reissue the BACKUP statement without WITH RESTART.
3038 16 The filename '%ls' is invalid as a backup device name. Reissue the BACKUP statement with a valid filename.
3039 16 Cannot perform a differential backup for file '%ls' because a current file backup does not exist. Reissue BACKUP DATABASE omitting the WITH DIFFERENTIAL option.
3040 10 An error occurred while informing replication of the backup. The backup will continue, but the replication environment should be inspected.
3041 16 BACKUP failed to complete the command %.*ls
3101 16 Exclusive access could not be obtained because the database is in use.
3108 16 RESTORE DATABASE must be used in single user mode when trying to restore the master database.
3110 14 User does not have permission to RESTORE database '%.*ls'.
3112 16 Cannot restore any database other than master when the server is in single user mode.
3113 21 The database owner (DBO) does not have an entry in sysusers in database '%.*ls'.
3114 21 Database '%.*ls' does not have an entry in sysdatabases.
3123 16 Invalid database name '%.*ls' specified for backup or restore operation.
3127 16 Temporary Message: The backup set does not contain pages for file '%ls'.
3128 16 File '%ls' has an unsupported page size (%d).
3129 16 Temporary Message: File '%ls' has changed size from %d to %d bytes.
3132 16 The media set for database '%ls' has %d family members but only %d are provided. All members must be provided.
3133 16 The volume on device '%ls' is not a member of the media family.
3135 16 The backup set in file '%ls' was created by %hs and cannot be used for this restore operation.
3136 16 Cannot apply the backup on device '%ls' to database '%ls'.
3138 16 One or more files in the backup set are no longer part of database '%ls'.
3140 16 Could not adjust the space allocation for file '%ls'.
3141 16 The database to be restored was named '%ls'. Reissue the statement using the WITH REPLACE option to overwrite the '%ls' database.
3142 16 File '%ls' cannot be restored over the existing '%ls'. Reissue the RESTORE statement using WITH REPLACE to overwrite pre-existing files.
3143 16 The data set on device '%ls' is not a SQL Server backup set.
3144 16 File '%.*ls' was not backed up in file %d on device '%ls'. The file cannot be restored from this backup set.
3145 16 The STOPAT option is not supported for RESTORE DATABASE. You can use the STOPAT option with RESTORE LOG.
3146 16 None of the newly-restored files had been modified after the backup was taken, so no further recovery actions are required. The database is now available for use.
3147 16 Backup and restore operations are not allowed on database tempdb.
3148 16 Media recovery for ALTER DATABASE is not yet implemented. The database cannot be rolled forward.
3150 10 The master database has been successfully restored. Shutting down SQL Server.
3151 21 The master database failed to restore. Use the rebuildm utility to rebuild the master database. Shutting down SQL Server.
3234 15 Logical file '%.*ls' is not part of database '%ls'. Use RESTORE FILELISTONLY to list the logical file names.
3241 16 The media family on device '%ls' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.
3242 16 The file on device '%ls' is not a valid Microsoft Tape Format backup set.
3243 16 The media family on device '%ls' was created using Microsoft Tape Format version %d.%d. SQL Server supports version %d.%d.
3244 16 Descriptor block size exceeds %d bytes. Use a shorter name and/or description string and retry the operation.
3245 16 Could not convert a string to or from Unicode, %ls.
3246 16 The media family on device '%ls' is marked as nonappendable. Reissue the statement using the INIT option to overwrite the media.
3247 16 The volume on device '%ls' has the wrong media sequence number (%d). Remove it and insert volume %d.
3248 25 >>> VOLUME SWITCH <<< (not for output!)
3249 16 The volume on device '%ls' is a continuation volume for the backup set. Remove it and insert the volume holding the start of the backup set.
3250 16 The value '%d' is not within range for the %ls parameter.

Error Severity Description
3251 10 The media family on device '%ls' is complete. The device is now being reused for one of the remaining families.
3253 16 The block size parameter must supply a value that is a power of 2.
3254 16 The volume on device '%ls' is empty.
3255 16 The data set on device '%ls' is a SQL Server backup set not compatible with this version of SQL Server.
3256 16 The backup set on device '%ls' was terminated while it was being created and is incomplete. RESTORE sequence is terminated abnormally.
3257 16 There is insufficient free space on disk volume '%ls' to create the database. The database requires %I64u additional free bytes, while only %I64u bytes are available.
3258 16 The volume on device '%ls' belongs to a different media set.
3259 16 The volume on device '%ls' is not part of a multiple family media set. BACKUP WITH FORMAT can be used to form a new media set.
3260 16 An internal buffer has become full.
3261 16 SQL Server cannot use the virtual device configuration.
3262 16 The backup set is valid.
3263 16 Cannot use the volume on device '%ls' as a continuation volume. It is sequence number %d of family %d for the current media set. Insert a new volume, or sequence number %d of family %d for the current set.
3264 16 The operation did not proceed far enough to allow RESTART. Reissue the statement without the RESTART qualifier.
3265 16 The login has insufficient authority. Membership of the sysadmin role is required to use VIRTUAL_DEVICE with BACKUP or RESTORE.
3266 16 The backup data in '%ls' is incorrectly formatted. Backups cannot be appended, but existing backup sets may still be usable.
3267 16 Insufficient resources to create UMS scheduler.
3268 16 Cannot use the backup file '%ls' because it was originally formatted with sector size %d and is now on a device with sector size %d.
3269 16 Cannot restore the file '%ls' because it was originally written with sector size %d; '%ls' is now on a device with sector size %d.
3270 16 An internal consistency error occurred. Contact Technical Support for assistance.
3271 16 Nonrecoverable I/O error occurred on file '%ls'.
3272 16 The '%ls' device has a hardware sector size of %d, but the block size parameter specifies an incompatible override value of %d. Reissue the statement using a compatible block size.
3273 16 The BUFFERCOUNT parameter must supply a value that allows at least one buffer per backup device.
3274 16 Incorrect checksum computed for the backup set on device %ls. The backup set cannot be restored.
3275 16 I/O request 0x%08x failed I/O verification. See the error log for a description.
3276 16 WITH SNAPSHOT can be used only if the backup set was created WITH SNAPSHOT.
3277 16 WITH SNAPSHOT must be used with only one virtual device.
3278 16 Failed to encrypt string %ls
3279 16 Access is denied due to a password failure
3280 16 Backups on raw devices are not supported. '%ls' is a raw device.
3281 16 Released and initiated rewind on '%ls'.
3301 21 Invalid log record found in the transaction log (logop %d).
3313 21 Error while redoing logged operation in database '%.*ls'. Error at log record ID %S_LSN.
3314 21 Error while undoing logged operation in database '%.*ls'. Error at log record ID %S_LSN.
3315 10 During rollback, process %d was expected to hold mode %d lock at level %d for row %S_RID in database '%.*ls' under transaction %S_XID.
3405 10 Recovering database '%.*ls'.
3406 10 %d transactions rolled forward in database '%.*ls' (%d).
3407 10 %d transactions rolled back in database '%.*ls' (%d).
3408 10 Recovery complete.
3413 21 Database ID %d. Could not mark database as suspect. Getnext NC scan on sysdatabases.dbid failed.
3414 10 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d) could not recover. Contact Technical Support.
3415 16 Database '%.*ls' is read-only or has read-only files and must be made writable before it can be upgraded.
3417 21 Cannot recover the master database. Exiting.
3429 10 Warning: The outcome of transaction %S_XID, named '%.*ls' in database '%.*ls' (database ID %d), could not be determined because the coordinating database (database ID %d) could not be opened. The transaction was assumed to be committed.
3430 10 Warning: Could not determine the outcome of transaction %S_XID, named '%.*ls' in database '%.*ls' (with ID %d) because the coordinating database (ID %d) did not contain the outcome. The transaction was assumed to be committed.
3431 21 Could not recover database '%.*ls' (database ID %d) due to unresolved transaction outcomes.
3432 16 Warning: syslanguages is missing.
3433 16 Name is truncated to '%.*ls'. The maximum name length is %d.
3434 20 Cannot change sort order or locale. Server shutting down. Restart SQL Server to continue with sort order unchanged.
3435 20 Sort order or locale cannot be changed because user objects or user databases exist.
3436 16 Cannot rebuild index for the '%.*ls' table in the '%.*ls' database.
3437 21 Error recovering database '%.*ls'. Could not connect to MSDTC to check the completion status of transaction %S_XID.
3438 10 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d) failed to recover because transaction first LSN is not equal to LSN in checkpoint. Contact Technical Support.
3439 10 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d). The DBCC RECOVERDB statement failed due to previous errors.
3440 21 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d). The DBCC RECOVERDB statement can only be run after a RESTORE statement that used the WITH NORECOVERY option.
3441 21 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d). The RESTORE statement could not access file '%ls'. Error was '%ls'.
3442 21 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d). The size of the undo file is insufficient.
3443 21 Database '%.*ls' (database ID %d) was marked for standby or read-only use, but has been modified. The RESTORE LOG statement cannot be performed.
3445 21 File '%ls' is not a valid undo file for database '%.*ls', database ID %d.
3450 10 Recovery of database '%.*ls' (%d) is %d%% complete (approximately %d more seconds) (Phase %d of 3).
3604 10 Duplicate key was ignored.
3605 10 Duplicate row was ignored.
3606 10 Arithmetic overflow occurred.
3607 10 Division by zero occurred.
3608 16 Cannot allocate a GUID for the token.
3612 10 %hsSQL Server Execution Times:%hs CPU time = %lu ms, elapsed time = %lu ms.
3613 10 SQL Server parse and compile time: %hs CPU time = %lu ms, elapsed time = %lu ms.
3615 10 Table '%.*ls'. Scan count %d, logical reads %d, physical reads %d, read-ahead reads %d.
3618 10 The transaction has been terminated.
3619 10 Could not write a CHECKPOINT record in database ID %d because the log is out of space.
3620 10 Automatic checkpointing is disabled in database '%.*ls' because the log is out of space. It will continue when the database owner successfully checkpoints the database. Free up some space or extend the database and then run the CHECKPOINT statement.
3621 10 The statement has been terminated.
3622 10 A domain error occurred.
3625 20 '%hs' is not yet implemented.
3627 16 Could not create worker thread.
3628 24 A floating point exception occurred in the user process. Current transaction is canceled.
3629 10 This SQL Server has been optimized for %d concurrent queries. This limit has been exceeded by %d queries and performance may be adversely affected.
3630 10 Concurrency violations since %ls%s 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-100 >100%s%6u%6u%6u%6u%6u%6u%6u%6u%6u%8u%6u
3631 10 Concurrency violations will be written to the SQL Server error log.
3632 10 Concurrency violations will not be written to the SQL Server error log.
3701 11 Cannot %S_MSG the %S_MSG '%.*ls', because it does not exist in the system catalog.
3702 16 Cannot drop the %S_MSG '%.*ls' because it is currently in use.
3703 16 Cannot detach the %S_MSG '%.*ls' because it is currently in use.
3704 16 User does not have permission to perform this operation on %S_MSG '%.*ls'.
3705 16 Cannot use DROP %ls with '%.*ls' because '%.*ls' is a %S_MSG. Use DROP %ls.
3708 16 Cannot %S_MSG the %S_MSG '%.*ls' because it is a system %S_MSG.
3716 16 The %S_MSG '%.*ls' cannot be dropped because it is bound to one or more %S_MSG.
3718 11 Could not drop index '%.*ls' because the table or clustered index entry cannot be found in the sysindexes system table.
3723 16 An explicit DROP INDEX is not allowed on index '%.*ls'. It is being used for %ls constraint enforcement.
3724 16 Cannot %S_MSG the %S_MSG '%.*ls' because it is being used for replication.
3725 16 The constraint '%.*ls' is being referenced by table '%.*ls', foreign key constraint '%.*ls'.
3726 10 Could not drop object '%.*ls' because it is referenced by a FOREIGN KEY constraint.
3727 10 Could not drop constraint. See previous errors.
3728 16 '%.*ls' is not a constraint.
3729 16 Cannot %ls '%.*ls' because it is being referenced by object '%.*ls'.
3733 16 Constraint '%.*ls' does not belong to table '%.*ls'.
3736 16 Cannot drop the %S_MSG '%.*ls' because it is being used for distribution.
3737 16 Could not delete file '%ls'. See the SQL Server error log for more information.
3738 16 Deleting database file '%ls'.
3739 15 Cannot %ls the index '%.*ls' because it is not a statistics collection.
3902 13 The COMMIT TRANSACTION request has no corresponding BEGIN TRANSACTION.
3903 13 The ROLLBACK TRANSACTION request has no corresponding BEGIN TRANSACTION.
3904 21 Cannot unsplit logical page %S_PGID in object '%.*ls', in database '%.*ls'. Both pages together contain more data than will fit on one page.
3906 16 Could not run BEGIN TRANSACTION in database '%.*ls' because the database is read-only.
3908 16 Could not run BEGIN TRANSACTION in database '%.*ls' because the database is in bypass recovery mode.
3909 16 Session binding token is invalid.
3910 16 Transaction context in use by another session.
3912 16 Cannot bind using an XP token while the server is not in an XP call.
3914 16 The data type '%s' is invalid for transaction names or savepoint names. Allowed data types are char, varchar, nchar, or nvarchar.
3915 16 Cannot use the ROLLBACK statement within an INSERT-EXEC statement.
3916 16 Cannot use the COMMIT statement within an INSERT-EXEC statement unless BEGIN TRANSACTION is used first.
3917 16 Session is bound to a transaction context that is in use. Other statements in the batch were ignored.
3918 16 Statement must be executed in the context of a user transaction.
3919 16 Cannot enlist in the transaction because the transaction has already been committed or rolled back.
3920 10 The WITH MARK option only applies to the first BEGIN TRAN WITH MARK statement. The option is ignored.
3921 16 Cannot get a transaction token if there is no transaction active. Reissue the statement after a transaction has been started
3922 16 Cannot enlist in the transaction because the transaction does not exist.
3923 10 Cannot use transaction marks on database '%.*ls' with bulk-logged operations that have not been backed up. The mark is ignored.
3924 10 The session was enlisted in an active user transaction while trying to bind to a new transaction. The session has defected from the previous user transaction.
3925 16 Invalid transaction mark name. The 'LSN:' prefix is reserved.
3926 10 The transaction active in this session has been committed or aborted by another session.
3927 10 The session had an active transaction when it tried to enlist in a Distributed Transaction Coordinator transaction.
3928 16 The marked transaction '%.*ls' failed. A Deadlock was encountered while attempting to place the mark in the log.

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