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RMAN restore fails with ORA-01180: can not create datafile 1 (Doc ID 1265151.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 17, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


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".


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