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When Linking to SQL DB, Data Type Time comes across as Small Text

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I just need to store time in this column. What data type do I use in SQL to store time only? And, how do I format the column in Access to allow the user to enter time only? As a side note, I had this same issue with the data type "Date". It would come across in Access as a small text data type. I had to change data type in SQL table to "smalldatetime". Now my date selector works on my Access form and the date is displayed as mm/dd/yyyy. Now I just need to get the time portion working correctly. Access 2013  SQL Server 2012.
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by:Surendra Nath
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as you are using SQL Server 2012

You should use DATE data type for your data
and TIME data type for your time

More data on these can found here

DATE : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb630352.aspx
TIME : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677243.aspx
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Just changed data type to "smalldatetime". A date is appended to the front of the time.1/1/1900. And, if I try to change the value I get a connection error. Also, changed the value to varchar(7) and set Access input mask to 99:00\ >LL;0;_

This worked. However, it will probably cause issues down the road as far as filters are concerned.
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by:rodneygray
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Neo,
Thanks for the quick reply. And, you are right, DATE and TIME data types are fine as far as SQL is concerned. However, I am using Access as a front end. DATE and TIME data types are converted to "short text" when a connection is made to the SQL database. I am using DSN-Less connection.
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You will have to use datetime in both cases and set the appropriate format in MS Access.
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by:Gustav Brock
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> You will have to use datetime in both cases and set the appropriate format in MS Access.

True. (No points).

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I used smalldatetime and it appears to work fine. Just for others who might read this, the difference between smalldatetime and datetime are as follows:
smalldatetime: 4 bytes,  Jan 1,1900 thru June 6, 2079. Stores time with an accuracy of 1 minute.
datetime: 8 bytes, Jan 1, 1753 thru December 31,9999. Stores time with an accuracy of 3.33 milliseconds
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