Move Database Files

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO: yesSQL ServernoAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

In SQL Server, you can move system and user databases by specifying the new file location in the FILENAME clause of the ALTER DATABASE statement. Data, log, and full-text catalog files can be moved in this way. This may be useful in the following situations:

  • Failure recovery. For example, the database is in suspect mode or has shut down, because of a hardware failure.

  • Planned relocation.

  • Relocation for scheduled disk maintenance.

In This Section

Topic Description
Move User Databases Describes the procedures for moving user database files and full-text catalog files to a new location.
Move System Databases Describes the procedures for moving system database files to a new location.

See Also

ALTER DATABASE (Transact-SQL)
CREATE DATABASE (SQL Server Transact-SQL)
Database Detach and Attach (SQL Server)