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datatype larger than 255?


datatype larger than 255?

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I have to import some data that has text fields that can run from 300-400 characters... is there a datatype I can change my textfield to that will allow for that?
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Normal varchar can go up to 8000 characters if you define it that way. Varchar(max) can go up to 2 Gig (approximately 2 billion characters).

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varchar(400), nvarchar(400) depending on if it is unicode or non-unicode data.



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You can use varchar(XXXX) or char(XXXX). Instead of XXXX you can specify a number up to 8000. The number represents the number of characters that you'll have. You can also use varchar(max) or char(max) to work with much bigger strings. I suggest that you'll read a bit about SQL Server data types - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187752.aspx

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The reason I was asking was I was loading about 20,000 records and kept getting an error popup "String or binary data would be truncated".... looked through the data and found no fields actually that exceeded the 255. So still searching....
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Are you using the Import Wizard in Management Studio? Or an SSIS package? Or something else?

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When you looked through the data, do you mean in SSMS? Or did you query something like LEN()?

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Actually I'm using SQL Server Express so I'm pasting them from copying the data from a .csv file. Is there another way with SQL Server Express?
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Actually I'm using SQL Server Express so I'm pasting them from copying the data from a .csv file. Is there another way with SQL Server Express?


Yes as Steve suggested use the LEN function.

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After I pasted the errors began. I looked back at my data in my .csv and found no reason that all the records should not commit. Not sure how to use the LEN function in this case although I'm familiar with it "SELECT LEN(Address) as LengthOfAddress FROM Persons". I'd would be looking at the data that commited rather than the one's that failed (?). I also have access only to SSMS in SQL Server Express so my options are limited.
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