Error 3241: The media family on device is incorrectly formed

Sometimes we may receive the below error message when restoring the database from the backup file using SQL Server Management Studio:

The media family on device 'Backupfile.bak' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.

RESTORE HEADERONLY is terminating abnormally. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 3241)

Error 3241 - The Media Family on Device is Incorrectly Formed


The backup file was corrupted due to file uploaded using FTP Text Mode.


Need to always upload the backup file using FTP in Binary Mode and then restore operation will be successful.
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