SQL Server Root Directory Property

I am in need of the 'Root Directory' property of SQL Server, due to our users' setups varying from machine to machine.  This has to work with SQL Express.

The serverproperty function does not accept anything which returns the Root Directory, and I'm hoping there is a similar function I could use.

Many thanks
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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
What "ROOT DIRECTORY" are you referring to?
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HatchITAuthor Commented:
My aim is to get the default directory of the data storage location...
eg: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\

If you check the 'Server Properties', Under the 'General' tab ( for example, right click on the server in SQL Server Management Studio, and go to properties )... you can see the root directory specified (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\) and this is the value I was somehow hoping to get ...

I googled and found two viable solutions, one using xp_cmdshell (which is turned off and not an option), and another by querying the registry (which I hope to avoid but will make use of as a last case scenario).
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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
This will work for finding where SQL Server is located.  And it will be one directory up from there.

select * from sys.dm_os_loaded_modules
where right(name,12) = 'sqlservr.exe'

But why do you need to determine the default location out of curiousity?
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HatchITAuthor Commented:
We have a script which checks a predefined directory for database backups, usually a dozen or so, and restores each to MSDE.  Since we installed SQL Server Express onto the users' machines, the script fails and aborts during the first restore with the error:
 'Msg 5133, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Directory lookup for the file "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\Data\Bid_Process.mdf" failed with the operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.) failed with the operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.'.....  

Creating the missing directory it was looking for (c:\....\MSSQL\Data\) and running the script runs fine.  Since each users' installations may vary (some having MSDE + named instances of SQL Express, or differing combinations), my aim is to Restore with Move option to the root directory of the sql server in use....

Hope that explains it clear enough, if there is something I'm overlooking, don't hesitate to criticize...
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BrandonGalderisiCommented:
You can always look up the location of master and put it there.



select * from master.sys.sysfiles
where fileid=1
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