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HELP!!!  Need to move database from one drive to another on the same server

Posted on 2011-03-15
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Hi, I am new to sql server arena, but I have been tasked to setup SQL Server 2005 x64 SP4 on a Server 2008 R2 box, which I have.  I thought I was installing the SQL Server  on the D: drive, but apparently not.  So, when I made the databases for some reason they are in the default location on the C: drive (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data).  I would rather have them on the D: drive which has several terabytes of space.  (D:\SQLServer\Data).

Also, there are a couple of databases on the D: drive that I would like to move into this D:\SQLServer\Data folder.

What is the process of accomplishing these tasks?

Thanks in advance.


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Right click the database select detach, copy the mdf and ldf files to where they need to be.
Right click databases and select attach, browse to the new location
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Take a full database of the backup and then restore the database. During restore, choose the new file location.
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by:rsnellman
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Do I need to do this detach process if the database is on the same drive?  (Ex:  I have a database in a folder that I would like to move to a different folder on the same drive.)
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Detach is the best way to do it yes. I thought you wanted to move it to the D drive?
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by:Paul Jackson
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To update the default locations after you have done the move:

Right click the SQL server instance and select properties.
Click Database Settings
Change Database default locations.
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Yes use detach in both cases it is the safest way,
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You can alter database also:


ALTER DATABASE database_name SET OFFLINE;

ALTER DATABASE <your db name here> MODIFY FILE 
(name=<logical file name>, filename='<path to file>)

--copy your files

ALTER DATABASE database_name SET ONLINE;

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So, I don't need to backup the database to the new location first?  Did I mention I am new to SQL?
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It is wise to do a backup first. It is always wise to do a backup before doing anything, but it doesn't need to be to the new location. You will copy the data and log files to the new location.
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A couple of the databases are using web applications (IIS).  One is an online calendar and the other is a SharePoint Foundation 2010.
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Oh, I see.  Thanks for clearing that up jacko72.
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OK, I have the one database moved.  And it worked like a charm.  Now to figure out the Sharepoint foundation database.
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OK, I have all the databases moved as desired.

Thanks to all.
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