SQL 2005 Express & SQL 2008 Express

Hi Experts,

We have an old Windows 2003 server with SQL 2005 Express we want to sunset. I installed SQL Express 2008 on a newer server. I created a full backup of the database to move and tried to restore to the SQL Express 2008 and received a size error.

I looked at the size of the backup of the database and it is 16mb. I read the SQL Express 2008 has a size limit of 10mb and SQL Express 2005 has a limit of 4mb, so I don't understand how the backed up database was able to reach the 16mb if the size limit is 4mb?

An ideas would be appreciated.
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Gautham JanardhanCommented:
size limit is 10gb for SQL Express 2008 R2 not 10mb and 4gb for SQL Express 2005 not 4mb
talltreeAuthor Commented:
Hi Gautham,

Ok, so i looked at the database properties and it is 16gb, not 16mb, so it would have went over the 2005 limit of 4gb, how could it do that? I relooked at the version to make sure it was not sql 2005 and it is sql 2005 express, so it is well  over the size limitation.

Gautham JanardhanCommented:
Back up includes the transaction log and data files. Can you check you data file and see if its below 4?
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talltreeAuthor Commented:
On the database proberties I see 32191.88mb
talltreeAuthor Commented:
Database file properties data only 16574mb
Gautham JanardhanCommented:
can you use this proc


and see how much is the un used space.

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