I am new here and am new to SQL Server (Express). I used the SSMA tool and it converted Access date/time fields to datatime2. The data contains duration data so there is no need for a date. I want to SUM the column but I need to change to a Time or numeric data type due to 8117# errors when I SUM. SQL Server will not allow a conversion using the designer / ALTER commands as there are always implicit/explicit conversion errors. Thank you for any possible solutions you may have to offer.

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    Remember that time datatype in SQL Server is supposed to used for storing time part, not duration. It cannot handle over 24 hours. – James Z Mar 1 '15 at 8:45

Presumably your new column has values which are a certain datetime relative to 1-Jan-1900, or some other date.

...in which case, you could rename your column, and create a calculated column with your original column name, which is the number of second (or minutes or whatever granularity you want), so that you can SUM that instead.


SELECT t = DATEADD(SECOND, SUM(DATEDIFF(SECOND, '19000101', myTimeColumn)), '19000101')
FROM dbo.someTable;
  • This makes sense. Thanks for your help. I will try it. – AlienV Mar 16 '15 at 17:42

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