FIX: Error Message 602 During Recovery of a Database

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BUG #: 57641 (SQLBUG_70)
If a table with an identity column is created and then subsequently dropped in the same transaction, and this transaction does not commit before the server shuts down abnormally, recovery of the database may fail with the following error message:
Error: 602, Severity: 21, State: 16.
Cannot recover the %databasename% database.
Be aware that you cannot associate all suspect databases with this issue. This problem is very timing-specific. The time between when the drop table command is executed and the server shuts down abnormally is important.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274799 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.
More information
This problem is prevented with the application of SP3. However, SP3 does not resolve the issue if the customer has a database that is suspect. The customer still needs to restore from a backup or contact technical support for the usual assistance with a suspect database.
602 recovery

Article ID: 279793 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 23:11:00 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition

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