SQL database error 3241 – the media family on device is incorrectly formed

Introduction A common error when you try to restore a SQL Server database in any version is the following: Msg 3241, Level 16, State 0, Line 4The media family on device ‘c:\SQLBACKUPS\file_13062019.bak’ is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family. Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 4RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally. In …

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