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How do I convert Excel Date to SQL Date during import?

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Hello,

I have an excel file containing about 30 columns and a few hundred rows.  The entire file needs to be imported to an existing MSSQL table.  However, one column in the excel file is using date format of MM/DD/YYYY which causes an error at import.  How can I convert this date to SQL format (YYYY-MM-DD) at time of import?  This format is not one of the support default date styles in Excel.

Thank you for the help.
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Marten Rune earned 500 total points
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first is this a one time job???

If so, why not all an extra column as varchar and let it import as text i e 'MM/DD/YYYY'

Then run an update clause like in my example below
This should do the trick
/Marten
create table test(
ID int identity,
realdate datetime null,
strdatum varchar(20) not null
)
GO
insert into test (strdatum)
values ('07/05/1966')
GO
insert into test (strdatum)
values ('12/24/2008')
GO
 
update test
Set realdate = cast(right(strdatum,4)+ left(strdatum,2)+left(right(strdatum,7),2) as datetime)
GO
 
select *
from test
GO
 
Drop table test
GO

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by:trumpman
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@martenrune

Yes it is.  

Thank you for the assistance.  Your solution does the trick.
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