Let us see the steps involved to detach database in SQL Server. To demonstration this database deletion, we are going to use the existing stored procedure and Management Studio.
SQL Detach Database Approach
From the below screenshot, you can see that the SQL server have the AdventureWorks2017
SQL Server has a sp_detach_db stored procedure to detach the database. The syntax for this is
EXEC sp_detach_db N'Database Name', 'true';
Let me use the above syntax to detach AdventureWorks 2017.
EXEC sp_detach_db N'AdventureWorks2017', 'true';
Messages ------- Commands completed successfully.
Now you can see the Adventure Works 2017 removed from our Server
SQL Detach Database Approach 2
You can also use Management Studio to detach the database in SQL Server. To do so, Right-click on the Databases folder and select the Tasks option and then select Detach.. from the context menu.
Clicking the option will open the following window.
- DatabaseName: This will display the Name that you want to delete.
- Drop Connections: Checkmark this option to drop all the existing connections pointing to this db.
- Update Statistics: Checkmark this option to update existing optimization statistics.
Checkmark the Drop Connections, and Click Ok
The Adventure Works DW 2017 deleted from the Server
The above process will only remove the db from Server, but it will keep the MDF, and LDF files within the physical location (C Drive).