RMAN restore fails with ORA-01180: can not create datafile 1

(Doc ID 1265151.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 02, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version 9.2.0.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 16-Apr-2014***

Symptoms

RMAN restore fails with errors like the following:

 

This error can happen for any datafiles. However, it is a major concern if it is datafile 1. Datafile 1 is the system datafile. It cannot be CREATED during an RMAN restore. It must RESTORED from a backup. Therefore we must look to see why it cannot be restored in the first place.

Often the  error is not a problem with RMAN unable to write to the destination drive as one might think by looking at the error message "can not create datafile 1".

Cause

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