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"The file size property is incorrect" - MSSQL Error 5172 Expand / Collapse
Posted Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:48 PM
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I'm running an MSSQL 2005 server on a Windows 2008 platform, and I am trying to attach a database. I don't know the history of these database files, but I have an .mdf, a .ndf, and a .ldf file that are all about 3GB in size.

I open up Management Studio, and when I try to attach the .mdf file, I get the error:

"The header for file 'Path\to\file.MDF' is not a valid database file header. The FILE SIZE property is incorrect. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 5172)."

I'm not sure of what these files went through before they came to me, but after seeing the .mdf I assumed they had been detached and could be reattached on a new machine. If anyone could offer some help or advice about this error message, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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Posted Monday, May 3, 2010 12:46 AM



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Seems like ur file is corrupted...
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Posted Monday, May 3, 2010 1:06 AM



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If the file header is damaged, the database cannot be opened. That's one of the things that there's no workaround for.

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