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Difference Between Restore And Attach


Difference Between Restore And Attach

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What is the difference between Attach And Restoring a Database in Sql Server?Looks like a Simple question?please folks share your comments?
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Restore you take a database backup and SQL creates a database with database files from that backup
Attach you just have the database files (no backup) and SQL creates the database using those files.

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In practice, a restore typically has .bak, .trn., and .dif files. The attach usually has .mdf, .ldf, and .ndf files.

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Shaw,
I think below one is also one of the differences what do you say?
Restore will create the new database and Attach will just create the existing database.
Thanks in advance for your input.

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Before you attach, there is no database. Just files in the file system. So no, that's not correct.

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So we can say
"Attach is used to move a database physically and restore is used to create/modify database as per requirement based on backups"
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Ok accepted Shaw
If you check the created date i think restored database will be the recent date but attached DB date will be old date.

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sqlnaive (9/5/2013)
"Attach is used to move a database physically and restore is used to create/modify database as per requirement based on backups"


If you like. It's not true though.

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GilaMonster (9/5/2013)
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"Attach is used to move a database physically and restore is used to create/modify database as per requirement based on backups"


If you like. It's not true though.


Which part Gail ? Would like to be rectified. :-)
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Attach is not the only way to move a database physically and restore doesn't modify databases (doesn't create them technically, the database was created previously if a backup exists)

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