For one of the databases that I have to manage we were running out of space, so we got a shiny new 10.9 TB sized drive.
I was asked to move some files used by one database to this new drive. I decided to write up a little blog post just in case you ever need to do this so that you don’t backup and restore (with move) because there is another way.
First create this test database with 3 data files and 1 log file, the data files will be in the C:DB_Files directory
sql USE master GO
CREATE DATABASE [TestMove] ON PRIMARY ( NAME = N’TestMove’, FILENAME = N’C:DB_FilesTestMove.mdf’ , SIZE = 2048KB , FILEGROWTH = 1024KB ), ( NAME = N’TestMove2’, FILENAME = N’C:DB_FilesTestMove2.ndf’ , SIZE = 2048KB , FILEGROWTH = 1024KB ), ( NAME = N’TestMove3’, FILENAME = N’C:DB_FilesTestMove3.ndf’ , SIZE = 2048KB , FILEGROWTH = 1024KB ) LOG ON ( NAME = N’TestMove_log’, FILENAME = N’C:MSSQLDATATestMove_log.ldf’ , SIZE = 1024KB , FILEGROWTH = 10%) GO
Now just create a test table, insert one row and do a simple select. sql USE TestMove GO CREATE TABLE Test(id INT) GO INSERT Test VALUES(1) GO SELECT * FROM Test
Now instead of having the data files in the C:DB_Files we want to move them to the D:DB_Files directory. You can use ALTER DATABASE…MODIFY FILE to do that, you just specify the new file locations, just make sure that the directory exists.
The following code will change the location of the data files
sql USE master; GO ALTER DATABASE TestMove MODIFY FILE ( NAME = TestMove, FILENAME = N’D:DB_FilesTestMove.mdf’ ); GO
USE master; GO ALTER DATABASE TestMove MODIFY FILE ( NAME = TestMove2, FILENAME = N’D:DB_FilesTestMove2.ndf’ ); GO
USE master; GO ALTER DATABASE TestMove MODIFY FILE ( NAME = TestMove3, FILENAME = N’D:DB_FilesTestMove3.ndf’ ); GO
You will see the following message > The file “TestMove” has been modified in the system catalog. The new path will be used the next time the database is started. > The file “TestMove2” has been modified in the system catalog. The new path will be used the next time the database is started. > The file “TestMove3” has been modified in the system catalog. The new path will be used the next time the database is started. **[EDIT]** Paul Randal mentioned that you don't have to shut down SQL Server, you can also just take the database OFFLINE, see here for more detail: http://www.sqlmag.com/blogs/SQLServerQuestionsAnswered/SQLServerQuestionsAnswered/tabid/1977/entryid/72328/A-Safe-Method-for-Moving-a-Database-to-a-New-Location.aspx **[/EDIT]** Now, the first thing you want to do is stop SQL Server or take the database offline. You can stop SQL Server in a variety of ways, if you want to use the command line (NET STOP), take a look here: [Using the Command Line to manage SQL Server services]. You can also use the SQL Server Configuration manager, services under Control Panel/Administrative Tools or you can use SSMS. To take the database offline, you can run this sql ALTER DATABASE TestMove SET OFFLINE;
If you do not stop SQL Server or take the database offline, you won’t be able to move the files and you will get a message like the one below
After SQL Server is stopped, move the files to the new location
In my case, here is where the files are currently C:DB_Files
And after the move, this is the location of the files now D:DB_Files
Start SQL Server again or make the database online again.
To set the database online, run this
sql ALTER DATABASE TestMove SET ONLINE;
After SQL Server is up and running. run the following query. sql SELECT name, physical_name AS CurrentLocation, state_desc FROM sys.master_files WHERE database_id = DB_ID(N'TestMove');
You should see something like the following
Finally, just run this simple query again to verify that you didn’t corrupt anything
sql USE TestMove GO
SELECT * FROM Test ```