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What is the difference between a Raw File and a Flat File in SSIS?
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A flat file is just any ordinary file with text in it: a .txt file, a .csv fiel and so on. If you open them, you can read them.

A raw file is essentially a dump of your data in SSIS to the file system. This is done in a proprietary binary format, so you can't read them yourself. This is used for quickly reading/writing data between different stages in the ETL.
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