Source database is also known as SQL Server CE, SQL Server Compact Edition, SQL Compact, SQL CE, SQLCE (related files: sdf)
Target database is also known as CSV, TSV, Flat file, Comma-separated text, TAB-separated text (related files: csv, tsv, txt)
The conversion of SQL Server CE to CSV database conversion using Full Convert is simple and has to do a few quick steps:
When we start Full Convert, you will notice a welcome panel with links for common tasks. Let"s start a new conversion.
Click the Create new conversion link or click the New button in the ribbon above.
Initial screen shows you that Full Convert will automatically detect your database if you don"t know which one do you have. Of course, if you do know your database, do select it from the list on the left.
We will choose SQL Server Compact Edition from the list of available source database engines. Connecting to SQL CE database is straightforward - we need to type-in or navigate to the database file (SQLCE databases are stored in SDF files) and specify our password, if the database is protected.
List on the left shows all the databases which can be filled with your source database data. Select the one you need and fill-in required parameters.
We will choose Text from the list of available source database formats and fill in connection properties. You can simply click ellipsis (...) button to select the folder containing your delimited text files. You can also specify the file filter if you wish. By default, we include CSV, TXT, and TSV files.
Default delimiter is Comma (use it if you have comma-delimited files), but you can change it to Tab (for tab-delimited files), or any other character.
Here you can see how many tables will be converted. To start conversion right away, click on the Convert! button. To show contents of target database without converting, click on the Explore button. Use that to inspect target database prior to conversion, or to save the conversion project for later before even converting the first time.
Click the Convert! button to get started.
Conversion is highly-optimized to run as fast as possible, yet provides top-notch reliability. Huge tables are converted in small chunks at a time, preserving memory and ensuring that your computer stays fast and responsive.
Here you will see basic conversion statistics, such as number of tables and records copied to target database.
If there were any warnings or errors during conversion, you will be able to examine them in detail.
Finally, complete SQL log is available for you if you need it. This feature can be enabled in project options screen.
This small tutorial shows how easy it is to convert SQL Server CE to CSV using Full Convert Enterprise.
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