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Is there a way to generate a script on a table that will
Create the table if not exists
Insert the current data
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by:SStory
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From Management Studio

Right-click the table, from the menu "Script Table as - > CREATE to->"
This will recreate the table
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Better yet, select the database, right-click, Tasks->Generate Scripts and you should be able to do anything.
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SStory,
 That doesn't get me the data to insert as well
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by:SStory
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When it gets to Set Scripting Options, click the Advanced button and change
Types of data to script to "Schema and data"

You do actually have to look around in these tools to get them to do what you need, but this should do it.
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by:lrbrister
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In the Generate Scripts Advanced Tag was the ability to generate schema as well as data.

Thanks
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by:Jim Horn
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>Insert the current data
None that I'm aware of that will save it as a script.  Have fun with that.

The work-around that is easiest to pull off would be to export the table data as a .csv, save it with the script, then the target db will have to...
Execute the CREATE TABLE script
Do an SSIS / Import wizard to connect to the .csv as the source, the created table as the target, and execute.
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by:Scott Pletcher
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If the table doesn't exist, what "current data" are you talking about?

If you mean copying data from one db to another using the same table name, then, yes, there are ways to do that.
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by:Jim Horn
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>Advanced tab, Types of data to script ... Schema and Data
Learn something new every day.  Now that's handy..
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Yes it is
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