What is the difference between Exporting a Database and Backing it up in SQL Management Studio?

Joshua Tay 246 Reputation points


I would like to ask what is the difference between Exporting a Database and Backing it up in SQL Management Studio?

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  1. Vaibhav Chaudhari 38,681 Reputation points

    Back up option > Will generate full database backup file with extension .bak and this can be used in another server where you can use Restore option, use the .bak file and have the DB restored in that another server

    See step by step guide - https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/backup-restore/quickstart-backup-restore-database?view=sql-server-ver15

    Import / Export data option > With this option, you can export the data from DB, specify tables to copy or provide a query, select target DB and the data gets copied to target server/db.

    See step by step guide - https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertutorial/202/simple-way-to-export-data-from-sql-server


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