SQL Server Binary and Large-Value Data

SQL Server provides the max specifier, which expands the storage capacity of the varchar, nvarchar, and varbinary data types. varchar(max), nvarchar(max), and varbinary(max) are collectively called large-value data types. You can use the large-value data types to store up to 2^31-1 bytes of data.

SQL Server 2008 introduces the FILESTREAM attribute, which is not a data type, but rather an attribute that can be defined on a column, allowing large-value data to be stored on the file system instead of in the database.

In This Section

Modifying Large-Value (max) Data in ADO.NET
Describes how to work with the large-value data types.

Describes how to work with large-value data stored in SQL Server 2008 with the FILESTREAM attribute.

See Also

SQL Server Data Types and ADO.NET
SQL Server Data Operations in ADO.NET
Retrieving and Modifying Data in ADO.NET
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