Full Convert is designed for ease of use and reliability to make sure you get your job done as quickly and as simply as possible.

Source database is known as SQL Server Express, Microsoft SQL Server Express, Microsoft SQLExpress, SQL Express, SQLExpress (related files: mdf, ldf, bak).

Target database is known as CSV, TSV, Flat file, Comma-separated text, TAB-separated text (related files: csv, tsv, txt).

SQL Server Express to CSV migration steps

When we start Full Convert, you will notice a welcome panel with links for common tasks. Let's start a new project.

  • 1) Connect to your source database
  • 2) Connect to your target database
  • 3) Optional: Choose which tables you want to convert
  • 4) Start the conversion

Welcome screen

Connection to SQL Server Express

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 SQL Server from the list of available source database engines. Depending on your SQL Server setup, you will need to connect using Windows or SQL Server authentication.

For SQL Express, we need to specify the server\instance name, like this: servername\SQLEXPRESS

We have Windows authentication here, so all we need to do is select our desired database from the drop-down list.

Connection to CSV

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.

Table selection

We will select all source tables for conversion by default. In case you only need some tables, simply deselect the ones you don't need - or deselect all, then select just the tables you do need.

Table selection

Conversion

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.

Data copying from source to target

Conversion summary

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.

Conversion summary screen

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