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how to copy data rows from one database to another

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Hi !

I have a Database Db1 in SQL Server 2005. I am creating a new Database Db2 on the same machine in same SQL Server instance. I have 5 columns and more than 100 rows in table1 of Db1 and I want to copy 3 columns and all rows of Table1 and put it in Table2, Db2.

What could be the easiest way to do that ? Thanks.
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by:agarwalrahul
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Write the Query:

if table not exists in DB2:

Select Column1,Column2, Column3 into db2.tablename from db1.tablename

if Table Exists in DB2:

Insert into db2.tablename Select column1, Column2,column3 from db1.tablename
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by:zulumike
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I'm no sql expert but i believe this is one way to do it:
If Db2 and table 2 is an empty new table, you can just copy entire table/db and simply delete the coums you don`t want via sql server management studio.
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Agree with agarwalrahul. Altough you should use the tre part syntax.
db.tablename will not work.
db.dbo.tablename or db..tablename works better.
Example:
INSERT INTO desDb..destTable  (ID, Text, Comment)
SELECT ID, Text, Comment FROM sorceDb..sourceTable

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by:agarwalrahul
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Insert into db2.tablename (column1, Column2,column3)  Select column1, Column2,column3 from db1.tablename
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by:pratz09
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Thanks guys,

db.dbo.tablename works better... since it is cross Database query, without dbo, it throws object not recognized error for the second database.
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