Move Database Files

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)