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I want to attach a database to SQL Server 2005 but I have only its .mdf file

How can I attach it?

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Depends on whether it was cleanly shut down or not whether or not you can do so without problems. –  Martin Smith Sep 25 '12 at 8:32
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Have you tried something before asking? Making a quick search using almost same words as your first post is blog.sqlauthority.com/2010/04/26/… –  Yaroslav Sep 25 '12 at 8:35

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E.g like this:

CREATE DATABASE AdventureWorks2012 ON (FILENAME = '{drive}:\{file path}\AdventureWorks2012_Data.mdf') FOR ATTACH_REBUILD_LOG;
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Simply,When you attach database, it will display Attach Database dialog box in which click the logfile location and click the remove button. When you click OK, a logfile for you database will be created....

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but I dont have a log file to remove.. –  user1670625 Sep 25 '12 at 8:54

When you attach the mdf via the UI, select the ldf file in the list of files and remove it. A new one will be created.

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