I had detached a SolarWinds database called NetPerfMon that consisted of three data (mdf) files and one log(ldf) file.
That might be the problem. Detaching a db in SQL 2005 and later versions changes the permissions on the file. So it might be a permissions issue trying to read the existing files.
For that reason and others, I suggest using "SET OFFLINE" instead of detaching whenever you can.
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