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I need to move my running windows-based app (built in C#) to another machine, but I also need to transfer the whole data, how can I take a backup from the .sdf file and use it with the new installed app?

I tried to take a copy of the .sdf file, but I couldn't find it !

Any help ? ...

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Find the file - copy it - done! –  marc_s Mar 4 '13 at 7:38
How can you not find the .sdf file? That is like writing to /dev/null. –  leppie Mar 4 '13 at 7:45
I tried to search any *.sdf in the whole machine but i couldn't find it !! –  Alzayed Mar 4 '13 at 7:45
@Alzayed: It will tell you in the connection string. –  leppie Mar 4 '13 at 7:46
How to find the database path: See my blog post here: erikej.blogspot.dk/2013/02/… –  ErikEJ Mar 4 '13 at 8:14

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