Restore Database – Property BackupDirectory is not available for Settings ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Settings’

-> I was trying to restore a database using SQL Server management studio. Right Click “Database” Folder -> Restore Database -> select “Device” -> Navigate the backup file and Click “OK”.

-> Received below error,

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
Property BackupDirectory is not available for Settings ‘Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Settings’. This property may not exist for this object, or may not be retrievable due to insufficient access rights. (Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo)

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-> The error states that Property BackupDirectory is not available.

-> Right Click “SQL Server Instance” -> Click properties -> Database Settings -> Check “Database Default Locations”.

-> In my case “Backup: ” was empty,


-> Changed the default backup location to a valid path and tried the restore again. It worked fine this time!

Thank You,
Vivek Janakiraman

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