Select data sources for comparison

Data Compare for SQL Server gives you a perfect opportunity to compare and synchronize data with many useful features. To start a new comparison project, you need to specify two data sources you want to compare, and how to connect to them.

To select Source and Target connections and specify the names of databases to be compared:

1. On the File menu, click New > New Data Comparison.

2. In the New Data Comparison wizard that opens, specify the type of the Source and Target, connections, and the names of the databases to be compared.

New Data Comparison wizard

Select data sources

On the Source and Target tab of the New Data Comparison wizard, select the two data sources you want to compare. You need to specify a source and a target.


After the comparison neither Source, nor Target will change. After the synchronization the Target data source will change, and the Source will remain unchanged.

To swap Source and Target settings, click Swap button

The following types of data source can be compared:

  • Database
  • Backup
  • Scripts folder

You can select a data source from the Type drop-down list.

Type drop-down list


You can compare any combination of data source types in your project.

Select a database

1. Under Source or Target, select Database from the drop-down list.

2. In the Connection box, select the name of the SQL Server.

3. Under Database, select a database to be compared from the drop-down list.


If you set up a connection in one of the following tools, it will be automatically added to other dbForge SQL tools:

  • dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server
  • dbForge Data Generator for SQL Server
  • dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server
  • dbForge Query Builder for SQL Server
  • dbForge Event Profiler for SQL Server
  • dbForge Documenter for SQL Server

You can migrate connections and assigned categories between dbForge SQL tools (for example, from dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server to dbForge Data Generator for SQL Server). To do that, you should create an export settings file with the help of Import and Export Settings Wizard in one tool and then import it in another dbForge SQL tool. For more information, see Import and export settings.

To refresh the database list, click < Refresh > on top of the list.


If you need to use a new connection:

1. In the Connection box, click < Manageā€¦ >

2. In the Connection Manager window, click New.

New connection

3. In the Database Connection Properties window that opens, specify the details of the connection you want to add and then click Connect. For more information about database connections, see Connect to SQL Server.

Database Connection Properties

Select a backup

Data Compare for SQL Server does not support using partial, filegroup, or transaction log backups as a data source.

Also, you can not compare encrypted backups. However, the tool works well with differential backups.

To select a backup as a data source

1. Under Source or Target, select Backup from the drop-down list.

2. Click Add to select all the files making up the backup set you want to compare.

Add button


When you have added backup files, one of the following icons will be displayed:

Tick button The backup set is valid and complete.

Cross button The backup set cannot be used as a data source.

Select a scripts folder

1. Under Source or Target, select Scripts Folder from the drop-down list.

2. In the Database scripts folder box, select the name of the scripts folder, or click Browse button Browse to browse to the required folder.


You can create a new Scripts Folder.

To do this, click New button New and specify the details in the window that opens.