ms sql database file direct copy


can i do direct copy of ms sql database files to backup tape or hdd ?

or i need to follow specific procedure to copy the sql database ?

pls provide the procedure as i am very new to database and sql


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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
I'd allways recommend that you do a proper backup using the Enterprise Manager or by scripting it. However you can copy the databasefiles directly as well, in this case you'll need to detach the database - again through Enterprise Manager or by scripts - before you copy the files.

You'll need both the .mdf and .ldf files.

1. Detach the database.
2. Copy <myDatabase>.mdf and <myDatabase>_log.ldf to desired location.
3. Attach the database again.

Let me know if you want scripts to do automatic backup/restore of the database, it is a much cleaner solution, and you won't need to take the database offline while you do it.
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