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On attaching the database I get following error,

Directory lookup for the file "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\demorainbow.mdf" failed with the operating system error 3 (The system cannot find the path specified.). (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 5133)

How to solve this problem? Please help


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Which part of file not found do you not understand? The file you're looking for to attach isn't there ... Are you trying to attach to a remote SQL Server instance, and the .mdf file is on your local `C:` drive? That won't work! The file must be on the server machine - not your local PC .... – marc_s Mar 13 '14 at 14:53

The C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\demorainbow.mdf cannot be located !
Go to that path and make sure you have the mdf file there.


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