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I have a very old instance of SQL  - I think its 2000.    file version is 2000.80.2066.0

I need to move a couple of databases to SQL 2012.

Can I get some fool proof instructions how to accomplish this?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
If your databases are small enough that you're using SQL Express, you can use the following method.

You need to move the databases first to an interim version of SQL - either 2005 or 2008 would work. First, make sure your SQL 2000 instance is at lease up to Service Pack 4. Then install SQL 2008 R2 Express as an interim migration step.

1.  Backup the database(s).
2.  Detach the database(s) from the SQL 2000 server.
3.  Take the backup(s) that you created and restore them to the 2008 instance.
4.  Take another backup from the 2008 server.
5.  Restore that backup to the 2012 server.

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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
The first step is to check compatibility using MSSQL DMA
Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
If you don't have a middle SQL Server version to perform the migration as stated above by the Experts, you can always use the Database Copy Wizard as I wrote in this article.
NOTE: Use the SQL Management Object instead of the detach and attach method.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Recommendation to accept the above comments as solution.
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