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You cannot restore a backup created with a newer version of SQL Server on an instance running an older version of SQL Server.  Unfortunately, the error messages that are displayed may not always tell you that it is a versioning problem.  These are some of the error messages raised when trying to restore a backup file that is not backwards compatible.

SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2008

Msg 3169, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The database was backed up on a server running version 10.50.1600. That version is incompatible with this server, which is running version 10.00.1600. Either restore the database on a server that supports the backup, or use a backup that is compatible with this server.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2005

Server: Msg 3241, Level 16, State 7, Line 1
The media family on device 'f:\temp\test001_sql2008r2.bak' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.
Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2000

Server: Msg 3169, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The backed-up database has on-disk structure version 661. The server supports version 539 and cannot restore or upgrade this database.
Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2005

Server: Msg 3241, Level 16, State 7, Line 1
The media family on device 'f:\temp\test001_sql2008.bak' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.
Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2000

Server: Msg 3169, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The backed-up database has on-disk structure version 655. The server supports version 539 and cannot restore or upgrade this database.
Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2000

Server: Msg 3169, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The backed-up database has on-disk structure version 611. The server supports version 539 and cannot restore or upgrade this database.
Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

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