sql to convert to date IF entry is in date format

Aleks
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I am copying information from one table to another. There is one field which is an nvarchar and should in fact contain dates in the following format:  mm/dd/yyyy  or mm/dd/yy
I am going to copy that date into another field which is actually a datetime field.
I am using the following sql

CONVERT(VARCHAR(255), CONVERT(DATE, LastUSEntry), 101) as ArrivalDateD,

the only problem is that there are entries in "LastUSEntry" that are NOT dates or they are not in the correct format. Some say "NA" or "1/1/02".  I Only want to copy over dates that can be converted into the datetime format, such as those in mm/dd/yy or mm/dd/yyyy

How can I do this ?  Otherwise right now the sql above would fail because of those entries that aren't dates. Also there are null fields, I don't think those will be a problem but just in case I mention it.

I am using SQL 1008R2
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ste5anSenior Developer

Commented:
I guess you mean SQL Server 2008 R2? Then the only thing you can try is using ISDATE():

DECLARE @Sample TABLE ( Payload VARCHAR(255) );

INSERT INTO @Sample
VALUES	( '20160101' ),
		( '20163131' );

SELECT	CAST(S.Payload AS DATE)
FROM	@Sample S
WHERE	ISDATE(S.Payload) = 1;

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Caveat: In complex queries this may not work if an predicate pushdown happens.

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Commented:
Ok. Translating that to my sql would it look like this ?

CONVERT(VARCHAR(255), CONVERT(ISDATE(DATE, LastUSEntry)), 101) as ArrivalDateD, 

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Is that the correct syntax ?  if its not a date will it simply set ArrivalDateD as NULL ?
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DECLARE @Sample TABLE ( Payload VARCHAR(255) );

INSERT INTO @Sample
VALUES	( '20160101' ),
		( '20163131' ),
		( '12/31/2016' ),
		( '07/06/16' ) ;

SELECT	CAST(S.Payload AS DATE)
FROM	@Sample S
WHERE	ISDATE(S.Payload) = 1;

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Author

Commented:
Lets make it simpler. If it is not a date simply make it NULL. I tried but I still get an error. I am trying with this code:

UPDATE [Tracker].dbo.Dependents SET DepLastUSEntry = NULL 
WHERE ISDATE(DepLastUSEntry)= 0

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Seems some entries escape the update and they are not dates so the script fails.

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