Copying a database to a newer version of SQL Server

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Copy Database Wizard
SQL Server database
I have a database on my SQL Server that needs to be upgraded to SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008, but when I try to copy it with the Copy Database Wizard, I do not have the option “Copy” listed under “Tasks”. I am using SQL Server Express, which I think may be my problem. Is this accurate, or is there more to my issue than that?

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SQL Express doesn’t include the Copy Database Wizard. Backup the database, and restore it to the newer version of the SQL Server database engine. You can restore a SQL 2000 database to SQL 2005 or SQL 2008.

You can read up on the BACKUP DATABASE and RESTORE DATABASE commands on the links provided.

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