I currently have SQL Server 2005 and I want to make a copy of the entire database into PostgreSQL. I don't want to migrate to new PostgreSQL but just a entire copy. I almost have more than 1 TB of data in SQL Server. Is there any tool that can simplify this copying process? Also, I assume compression techniques have become much more advance in recent years so how much storage I should expect in PostgreSQL?
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For the person who's done this before I've looked at many tools and there are many pitfalls in doing that. The cheapest way I found to do this was to do a text dump, convert, and load.
My setup was
Dumping the schema also required conversion since the types are not exactly compatible, so it's been a bit of work but no buying of data migration tools which can be expensive for what may be just one time use.
There are other tools like this one but from what I have tested(2 years ago) has limitations.
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