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2876046 - Device has physically been deleted from a running server - SAP ASE


  • On a running ASE server
    • database device(s) have been deleted at OS level or
    • device(s) have been removed or encrypted in a ransomware attack

  • When taking a backup, the backup fails with Backup Server error:

 Backup Server: Volume validation error: attempt to open /dev/sybase/data_device_123.dat returned No such file or directory.

  • When restarting startup, ASE errorlog may report error 840:

Msg 840 Device 'data_device_123' (with physical name '<file path and name>', and virtual device number <device number>)
has not been correctly activated at startup time. Please contact a user with System Administrator (SA) role.



  • SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)
  • Unix OS


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.7 ; SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise 16.0


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