I know database instance names are stored in the registry in subkeys of
HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\Instance Names\SQL and the path to master.mdf is stored in
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\__InstanceId__\\MSSQLSERVER\Parameters@SqlArg0. However, I don't see a table in master.mdf or a registry key where the names of the other attached databases are stored.
I know I can look in sys.databases for the databases. However, what I want to know is how to find this information out without sql server running. Is it stored in the master.mdf? In the registry? Can I get that information with a hex editor, OrcaMDF or something else? How does Sql server know what databases to attach at startup?