Exporting a SQL Server DB

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I have a db in SQLServer Express 2005.  I simply need to export this in its entirety (data and structure) so that it can be imported into another instance of SQL Server Express 2005.  What is the best way of doing this?
kenabbottAsked:
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Faizan SarwarSoftware / Database DeveloperCommented:
deattach db
copy to new location
and
attach db
ErnariashCommented:
Hello,
Back-Up / Restore
Detach / Attach
Faizan SarwarSoftware / Database DeveloperCommented:
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Faizan SarwarSoftware / Database DeveloperCommented:
if you couldn't detach or copy  try taking database offline first
kenabbottAuthor Commented:
Thanks - but if you detach the db aren't you in effect moving it from one place to another.  What if you want to keep the db where it is and simply move a copy to the second location.

Also in mySQL I'ce used 'Dump SQL File' and then 'Execute batch file' to copy db's from one place to another - is there an equivalent in SQL Server??
ErnariashCommented:

As on the sm394 picture is an option to Copy Database is a wizard you will have options on it.
The problem with Detach / Attach you take your db ofline. For online copy you can use backup and restore  (with move if need it)

BACKUP DATABASE YourDB 
   TO DISK = 'c:\YourDB.bak'
RESTORE FILELISTONLY 
   FROM DISK = 'c:\YourDB.bak'
RESTORE DATABASE YourDB3 
   FROM DISK = 'c:\YourDB.bak'
   WITH MOVE 'YourDB_Data' TO 'c:\YourDB3.mdf' 

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Faizan SarwarSoftware / Database DeveloperCommented:
as Ernariash explained there are number of different options to do this task
with detach and taking database offline

you  copy the database .mdf files in to new location and attach them again
after copying mdf files you can bring db online again
Faizan SarwarSoftware / Database DeveloperCommented:
the steps involved  for this
1-Take database offline
2-go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data
  or the directory you have installed sql server
3- copy yourdb.mdf and youdb.ldf files
4- paste in new location
5- final step is right click properties attach browse for mdf ldf files

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