Updated on January 19th, 2023
NDF and MDF are the two primary files of the SQL databases. The PDF file contains all the database objects like keys, tables, indices, columns, etc. Each database file of the SQL server contains one MDF file. This file may easily get corrupted. But you need not worry because, In this article, I will tell you that how can you open MDF files easily when they get corrupted.
Before going through the methods to access the MDF file one should know the causes of NDF file corruption.
Let us discuss the reasons because of which we require some methods to explore the MDF file.
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The technique to open the MDF file
There are many situations in which users need to access MDF files without SQL. Unfortunately, no manual method is found to access MDF or NDF files. Only with the help of a third-party tool user can view the MDF file without the SQL server
SQL Recovery is an efficient tool to explore MDF files. It has the ability to recover file objects like tables, triggers, programmability, etc. This tool supports both row and page compression. The best part is that it is compatible with all major versions of the MS Windows operating system.
Working of SQL recovery to explore MDF file
Step1) Launch the SQL Recovery software.
Step2) Go to the taskbar click on the open button. Select the corrupted file and confirm the selection of the file by clicking on the open button.
Step3) Choose the mode of recovery from the standard and advanced mode.
Step4) select the boxes which you want to add to the scanning process and then click on the OK button.
Step5) If the scanning process is completed then click on OK.
Step6) Check your MDF file data by expanding it in the tree structure.
Step7) Click on the Save button after selecting the MDF file.
Step8) Choose the saving mode from the provided option. And click on OK
Step9) Once your saving process is completed then click on OK.
In this article, I have explained to you what is MDF file, how important they are. Also, the method to open MDF files without SQL server. It is one of the best efficient approaches to explore the MDF or NDF file. I hope this article proves to be helpful to you.
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