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Can't Attach SQL 2000 Database to a 2005 Instance, but same database attaches to 2008r2

I have a SQL Server database that will not attach or for that matter DTS over to a new Database container on SQL 2005. However, the same database attaches without a peep in SQL 2008 R2 Express.

Is there some configuration in SQL 2005 that I am unaware of ?
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
What is the original version of the SQL 2000 database?  What is the size of the database being moved?

What version of SQL Server 2005 are you moving to?
Keep in mind that SQL 2005 Express has 2GB database limit whereas SQL 2008 R2 is 10GB.  Therefore, if the database came from SQL 2000 standard for example and is greater than 2GB in size, then you could see the failure you are seeing but yet have success going to SQL 2008 R2 Express.
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Eugene ZCommented:
you should not have problem to attach lower 2000 to 2005 or 2008
but can not 2008 to 2000 or 2005
or 2005 to 2000
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also if it is sql 2005 express  - it has 4gb db limit
2008r2 express 10gb db limit
---anyway what is your sql serve 2005 edition ?
and how big db?
also what was error?
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dts migration is differnt topic: you can :
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/psssql/archive/2009/02/19/how-to-copy-dts-2000-packages-between-servers-and-from-sql-2000-to-sql-2005-and-sql-2008.aspx 
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
Yes, 4GB limit -- sorry!
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ThakurVinayCommented:
what error are you getting?

as EugeneZ says its possible to attache lover version to upper version.

HTh
Vinay
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shelbyinfotechAuthor Commented:
The database is only 310 megabytes, the 2005 Server is the full edition


.mdf version is 661, your db supports the version 655
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Eugene ZCommented:
it when you try to attach? corrrect
means- it is not for 2005 sql server anymore just for 2008
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if you need it back as 2005 > you need to create empy database and pump data via SSIS from sql2008; or to fund original sql2000 database.
--do you still have running sql2000 server with the database?
if yes - > try detach it (or stop sql200 service) and copy mdf\ldf files somewhere to sql2005 directory and try to attach..
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also make sure - you do not attach already upgraded sql2008 mdf\ldf  files (check location)
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shelbyinfotechAuthor Commented:
Eugene ...the db that i was attempting to attach was attached to sql 2000 ! That why this makes no sense
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shelbyinfotechAuthor Commented:
You were right ..the copy HAD been previously mounted on 2008
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