Convert time from Excel to MS SQL


I'm trying to use the MS SQL 2008 Import and Export Data to convert an Excel spreadsheet with per minute stock data into MS SQL. One example of the time shown in the spreadsheet is '16:40' for 4:40PM.

When I get to the column mappings section of the wizard, when I change the 'type' from 'varchar' to 'time', I get an error message saying 'Found 1 unknown column type conversion(s)'.

I tried using both a csv and a text file. I tried adding seconds to the time in Excel ie 16:40:00. Neither of these debugging attempts worked.

What else should I try? For example, is there a different way to format the time in Excel which would be accepted by the export wizard?

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It should work just by setting the field type to "date" (or datetime)

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Or try this:

Put in a data conversion task in between the reading of the Excel file and the writing to the SQL table.
Set it to convert all time values to DT_TIME instead of just relying on it reading metadata correctly.
GoldenBearAuthor Commented:
Thanks, this worked. SQL ends up inserting some date (1899-12-30) into the field but it'll work for what I need. If I need to get more specific, I can probably combine the date and time Excel columns together into one.
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