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What is Use of Attach file in Open Database Window ?

Hi all,

I was wondering from a long time for the use of Attach File in Open Database Window. I don't know you have noticed it ever or not.

Curiously i pressed F1 to find out use of it and here is what i got -

"If you want to attach and open a detached database that consists of a single data file, excluding the transaction log file, then you must enter the complete path and file name of the database in the Attach File field. This file typically has the .mdf file name extension. You can give this single file database any name by entering it in the Database Name field on the General tab. If no transaction log file exists with the data file, it is automatically created when you attach the data file. The database file is attached when you open it."

It means if i have -

1) Rights on SQL Server to create a database.
2) A detached database with single mdf file.

I can attach that database without opening SQL Server Management studio.

Great! lets try this -

Below is the image of my SQL Server Database before i start.

I have a mdf file placed in my D Drive that i want to attach.

I opened navision client and clicked on open database, below are the properties that i set -

Where i selected the server, Provided a database name, Authentication, and Attach File Path with Name.

Once i clicked ok, this is what happened.

Let me see my SQL Server management studio.

I have the new database attached here. Great.

I don't why i haven't seen it earlier.

I am not sure from which version it started but i just checked its there from version 4 onward.

Hope you like it.

Saurav Dhyani


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