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With the time data type (I'm using Microsoft SQL Server 2008), is there any way to take only the minute part out of it? I tried to pass the time to datepart and datediff function but both refused to work.

Example: I want to get 15 from 04:15

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What do you mean, "refused to work"? See my answer below. Those examples give the desired output. –  Thomas Stringer Apr 18 '12 at 16:35
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select datepart(minute, '04:15')

Utilize the DATEPART() function, with minute as the datepart param.

declare @current_time time

select @current_time = getdate()

select datepart(minute, @current_time) as current_minute

BOL Reference on DATEPART

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I strongly recommend the habit of specifying explicitly the datepart, e.g. MINUTE instead of MI. There are too many shorthand formats that are ambiguous to justify saving a few keystrokes. This very thing gets its own dedicated slide in my popular "Bad Habits to Kick" presentation. :-) –  Aaron Bertrand Apr 18 '12 at 17:15
    
@AaronBertrand Good point, and a great suggestion. I've edited my post to reflect! –  Thomas Stringer Apr 18 '12 at 17:21
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