Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tips to Resolve “Table error: Page P_ID...” Error Message

Every page in SQL Server database contains a unique object and index ID stored in its header. Corruption in object or index ID makes the records saved on that page inaccessible. Few scenarios under which the corruption can take place are improper system shutdown, virus attacks, and human errors. To overcome such situations, an easy way is to restore the data from an updated backup. But if in case, you have not created any database backup or backup falls short to restore the required records, then you will need to opt for advanced SQL Server Recovery software that can repair your database and allow you to access the records.

Consider a practical case, where you encounter the below error message when you attempt to view some records saved on a particular table:

“Table error: Page P_ID with object ID O_ID, index ID I_ID in its header is allocated by another object.”

The above error message makes the data stored in the table inaccessible. Additionally, you encounter the same error message each time you attempt to view the records saved in that table.


The above error message can occur due to various hardware and software issues.


In case of hardware issues, run hardware diagnostics and try to swap the old hardware components. However, if the error message persists even after changing the hardware component, then you will need to firstly run DBCC CHECKDB command – without any repair clause-to determine the extent of corruption. After complete analyses, you will need to run DBCC CHECKDB command with a repair clause.

Note: Performing a repair will rebuild the Index(s) and can result into loss of data.
In most cases, the DBCC CHECKDB resolves your issue and makes the records saved in the table accessible. However, the above command fails and no clean backup is available, then you will need to use advanced SQL database recovery tool to repair the database and access the records saved in the table. These SQL Repair applications incorporate high end scanning methods to scan the hard drive and repair the corrupted MS SQL database. These tools are developed by highly talented data recovery experts and easily understandable without any prior technical knowledge.

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