trying to just copy the mdf and ldf

Im in windows explorer and im trying to just copy these to another directory so that i can delete the database in sql em....but i keep getting file in use....

How to keep copy of the mdf and ldf and delete from sql.

Detach first.........?
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TRACEYMARYAsked:
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sasapopovicCommented:
But why don't you use backup files?
I use it always for moving database from one place to another and never use MDF & LDF combination. In my practice it showed as much better solution. You can hold that bak file for years and then restore it when you want.
The only thing that you will need to do is to remove all users from database after you restore it on other server and add those users again manually (but that is a few minutes work).

I would say: just go with the backup & restore option instead of using MDF & LDF.

btw, if one database was not accessed never from the last server start/restart then you can copy MDF and LDF files without detach or server stoping. Maybe that is how your friend did it.

I hope this will help you.
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Patrick MatthewsCommented:
Hi TRACEYMARY,

Detach first.

Regards,

Patrick
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TRACEYMARYAuthor Commented:
Thanks i do that ..............its ok to  reattach to any server i like in future?
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sasapopovicCommented:
Yes, you can do the reattache from both the SQL Enterprise Manager or using stored procedure.
If you just want to copy those files to another location and use them for some other db server then you can also stop the SQL Server, copy files and start the server again.

I hope this will help you.
Regards,
Sasa
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LowfatspreadCommented:
when you re-attach (particularly to a different server) you may have to sort out your user/login again...

check Books on line (BOL) for orphaned users...
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csachdevaCommented:
Tracymary,

You can use attach detach method. but there is a risk of deletionof database. So First of open Service manger from program files then Stop the services. and using operating system commands to copy the database and then start the service.

This is a safer method to take a backup of database. and then delete datbase from Enterprise manager.

Hope this will help you to sort down your problem.

Regards,
Chetan Sachdeva

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TRACEYMARYAuthor Commented:
hmm thinking over here...which way to do this.
I got the bak files.........but i be keeping them for a long time could be a year or so...
and i am hoping i can restore from bak some day.............i wanted the mdf and ldf as i know their my physical files and i can just re attach.

I can't stop server live production........
So i just do detach ..............Copy mdf and ldf in windows explorer and then
do drop database mydatabase


Thats odd now i think about it i asked my network guy to take backup of the mdf and ldf files ...now if i cannot copy them cause they are on the server....how did he take a copy of them.....(maybe i go ask him for a printout of the tape he just gave me)...........
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TRACEYMARYAuthor Commented:
Thanks...............im just going to delete it.................
the others here cannot even find the interface to access it.....

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