I have a msdn action pack subscription so I have the ability to download sql if I would like. I wanted to do some work with a very very large db which I have on disk. It's actually a lot of databases but the total size is around a TB. I won't be using this much and don't want sql slowing my machine down all the time for no reason.
Is there an easy way to turn on and off the sql services? Would it be safer to just use sql express? I am not going to be making a lot of connections. My main goal is that it won't kill my machine and I don't have to search for and turn on and off a lot of services.
This will be running on a windows 7 boot to vhd machine.