Moving .MDF files from SQL Server 2000 to 2005

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.MDF files
SQL Server 2000
SQL Server 2000 migration
SQL Server 2005
SQL Server 2005 migration
Is it possible to just copy and paste .MDF files from SQL Server 2000 to 2005 instead of going through the whole migration process? My company doesn’t have the time that a full migration requires, so we are thinking about just keeping the files and pasting them once we have SQL Server 2005 installed. Will this work?
ASKED: June 12, 2009  4:49 PM
UPDATED: June 14, 2009  6:04 AM

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Yes. You can detach the database from the SQL 2000 server using the sp_detach_db system stored procedure. Them copy the files to the SQL 2005 server, then attach the database using the sp_attach_db system stored procedure.

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