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import damaged SQL MDF file

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I have a PC that had sql 2005 running on it that has died. The OS is corrupt and wont boot / repair at all.

I have managed to get the MDF file off of the machine but I cant attach it to another SQL server because it is damaged.

How can I go about trying to repair this file?
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by:Big Monty
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if you want to pay for a solution, you could check out this tool:

http://www.systoolsgroup.com/sql-recovery.html
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by:CaptainGiblets
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I have seen a few of these but preferably I would prefer a free option.
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I would recommend taking a look at this blog for how to attach damaged datafiles (which would then allow you to attempt recovery): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/suhde/archive/2009/05/12/database-corruption-part-2-how-to-attach-a-database-using-the-create-replace-method.aspx?Redirected=true
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