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Attach Single File (MDF) Problem

Posted on 2004-03-22
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Hey,
I got sent a mdf file that i need to attach to my sql server (2k).
I thought this would be pretty stright forward but it looks like i was worng. I am not a guru in SQL or server admin but i have gotten along decently in the past.

I try to attach using this command
exec sp_attach_single_file_db @dbname = 'cadi_4_13'
, @physname = 'c:\cadi_4_13.mdf'

and i get this error message:
Server: Msg 5172, Level 16, State 15, Line 1
The header for file 'c:\cadi_4_13.mdf' is not a valid database file header. The FILE SIZE property is incorrect.

I have seen several places where people have this issue.
I am running sqlserver 2k.

Can someone please take me through (step-by-step) what exactly i am "susposed" to be doing?
I am actually running that in the Query analyzer, but i have tried a stored procedure and to generate a sql script, but i dont know how to execute them except for in a job.... I hope you see where my level is in the matter :)

Thanks in advance for your help,
Chris
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by:arbert
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Two possible reasons.

1.  You're trying to attach this file to a different version of SQL Server than where it came from (even a hotfix makes a difference).
2.  The file you received was corrupt
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by:hudsonbeck
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SOmeone sent it to me so i really dont even know what version... I tried 97 and 2k.. but if even a hotfix can make it not work, what would be the best way for them to send me the db so i can "attach" it to my sql server. We will be doing some work on the data for them.

Chris
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They need to tell you what version....Either that, or have them send you a backup that you can restore.  At least with a backup file you can issue a restore command that will tell you the version it was created with....
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by:hudsonbeck
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sry had a unexpected trip... accepted anwser and i appreciate ur help

Chris
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