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Move Database Files

 

Applies To: SQL Server 2016

In SQL Server, you can move system and user databases by specifying the new file location in the FILENAME clause of the ALTER DATABASE statement. Data, log, and full-text catalog files can be moved in this way. This may be useful in the following situations:

  • Failure recovery. For example, the database is in suspect mode or has shut down, because of a hardware failure.

  • Planned relocation.

  • Relocation for scheduled disk maintenance.

TopicDescription
Move User DatabasesDescribes the procedures for moving user database files and full-text catalog files to a new location.
Move System DatabasesDescribes the procedures for moving system database files to a new location.

ALTER DATABASE (Transact-SQL)
CREATE DATABASE (SQL Server Transact-SQL)
Database Detach and Attach (SQL Server)

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