An MDF file is a binary kind of file which is not reliable to be “open” file in an application. Since it is the main database file and can be attached to a running SQL Server to access the data using Transact SQL Statements.
The First approach to open MDF file using SSMS
SSMS is the short form of well known SQL Server Management Studio, it is an inbuilt software application launched along with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 which is basically used for configuring, managing, and administering all components and items within Microsoft SQL Server.
Now, you try to open or View MDF file, then you might get the following error
MDF files are SQL server database files and LDF files are log files which is associated with MDF files. But it is quite complex to open them instead, they can only viewable to the user. Hence to see the database it is required to attach MDF file.
How to attach MDF file in SQL Server Management Studio?
Follow each step and attach your database file and make it available to view SQL database MDF file.
Let’s get started.
Step1:- Launch SSMS
Step2:- Connect to an instance of your SQL Server Database Engine
Step3:– Now click to get the expanded view of instance SSMS
Step4:– In Object Explorer, right click on the database
Step5:- Now in the dialog box, identify the database to be attached,
Step6:- Click Add
Step7:- In the Locate Database Files dialog box, select the disk drive which holds the database
Step8:- Now, you can also expand the directory tree from where it become easy to find and select the .mdf file of the database.
Possible error to Open or view SQL Database MDF file with SSMS
- Access Denied
- Access Denied Variation 2
- The Database is Read Only
- Unable to downgrade