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Data for source column... is too large for specified buffer size.

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I see other folks have had this issue as well but I tried the suggestions and still the problem continues. Trying to import using DTS from Excel into SQL2K sp3a. I get the above message though. I have tried making the column in SQL a Text data type. I have also made sure they aren't reserved SQL Server keywords. I also tried to import from the Excel file into a .txt file and had the same issue.

Any ideas?
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Have you tried changing the text column to varchar(8000)?  Otherwise can you give me an example of the data you are trying to transmit?
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Yes I tried varchar(8000).
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Here you go, I think this is the issue:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281517/EN-US/

Apparently, the Jet driver guesses at the maximum row size based on the first 8 rows!  If any rows past the first 8 are larger, the process fails.
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