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Repair database without being attached (SQL 2005)

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Hello experts,

Is it possible to try repair a database without being attached, giving the path to the files?
I'm trying to attach a database that i recover from a disk, and i'm not able to attach, gives me an error, saying i should do a db check.

Thx in advanced
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Not within SQL Server itself.  I have seen some 3rd party utilities that can supposedly recover data from the database files, but I've never had to use one - backup/restore strategies are crucial.

Edit: meant to include a link to one that I have no clue as to the quality aside from some reviews I saw: http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/sql-recovery.html
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Nice info! Helpful for me too!
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No probs, let me know if you need any further info.
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I knew there was a way to repair a MDF file outside SQL Engine. I already saw this once but forgot!
Thx :)

I'll try and come back to say how it went.
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It's not easy.. the MDF file is really bad..
I was able to attach :)
Then went to recovery mode :|
Then went to recovery pending :(

The software to recover the data is to expensive... what to do now... :(
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Do a dbcc checkdb against it to see whats wrong with it. Then report back here with the output if you like.
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