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SQL Server 2008 R2 - Database upon installation


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For reasons unknown to me I installed this version of MSSQL 2008 R2 yesterday and it came with an attached database for which I was able to add my own database to.  I had to uninstall and reinstall this version because I was having some permissions conflicts....now when I reinstalled the 2008 R2, there is no database attached.  There is no preinstalled db engine.  I do not know how to create this or drop my db into the object explorer because there is no db attached.  I hope this makes sense.   


What I am trying to do is set up a test server on my home computer. I saved the actual db from a work computer onto a thumbdrive.  Now, I want to attach it to my home server.  That option is not there to connect now.  Thank you for any help.   

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When you say nothing do you mean literally nothing, or do you at least see the server and "Databases" folder under it?


If you see the server and databases folder then you would just right-click on "Databases" and do "New Database..."


If you don't see anything at all either you're not connected or you may have messed up the installation somehow in which case, remove it and try again and pay close attention.

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