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MDB (Access) to MDF (SQL)

Posted on 2007-04-03
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Last Modified: 2008-04-13
How I export a MDB (Access 2002) File to a MDF (SQL) File ?
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I have: VS2005, SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 (Express)
Question by:darcosys
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TheSloath earned 1000 total points
ID: 18842405
Try Tools|Database Utilities|Upsizing Wizard...

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Julianva earned 1000 total points
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create a new database on SQL 2000. then use access export wizard to export all the tables to the new database on SQL.

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And now?
How convert the SQL Serve database in a MDF File?
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Sorry   :)

I find the MDF in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\Data directory


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by:Jim P.
ID: 18842732
You can't just open an mdb as an mdf -- you have to import it.

The mdf (Master Data File) and ldf (Log Data Files) are the files used by SQL as the data files. You can't just copy and paste them like you do an Access DB and expect them to work.

You can either use the upsizing wizard in Access to create a new DB and import the data. Or from the other side -- It wiould be the ETL? (formerly DTS) to import into a blank DB.

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[The mdf (Master Data File) and ldf (Log Data Files) are the files used by SQL as the data files. You can't just copy and paste them like you do an Access DB and expect them to work.]

jimpen,  I copied and pasted the file of the directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\Data to the /App_Data directory and I erased it of the SQL Server and worked perfectly.
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by:Jim P.
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Then SQL2K5 must have some self healing functionality. In SQL 2K you have to do detach/attaches to move the database locations.

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