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Restore database from file and reduce datafile while restoring

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 23, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server

SQL 2005 Standard.

I want to restore a database from a .bak file. This bak file is referred to a database with fixed size datafile but they are bigger than I need for the new database.

Is there a way to reduce datafile size, during restore process ? I ask this because I will have to do this operation programmatically.


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