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Database file details

Specifies database file name, initial and maximum size and whether to grow it automatically, or restrict file growth.

Database Name

Specifies the name of the database.

Database File Name

The File Name entry is the name of the physical file that will hold the data within the database you are working with. By default, SQL Server has taken the name of your database, and placed a suffix of _Data to create this name. The database files are stored on your hard drive with an extension of MDF. MDF  stands for Master Data File and is the name of the primary data file. Every database must have at least one primary data file. This file not only holds the data for the database, but also the startup information.

Initial Size

The initial size of the database is its size when empty. The database is never totally empty, and some of the space is always initially taken up with the system tables. When starting out and learning SQL Server, setting the Initial Size to 20MB will be sufficient.

File Growth

The File Growth property specifies the growth increment of the database file.

Unrestricted File Size

Default option. The only limit is the spare space on the hard drive. This is good as you do not have to worry about maintaining the database too much.

Restrict File Size To

Sets a limit on how large the database is allowed to grow.


Related Topics:

How to create a database

About designing a database

About Create Database Wizard

Creating a new database

Transaction log file details

Create a new table

Completing the wizard

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