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Steps to restore the resource database

Few days back, I had discussion with my team member regarding the resource database and we all are curious to see the resource database.

As you all know resource database is hidden database and we can’t see it SQL Server. We follow below steps to restore the resource database and it worked. We can see the resource database.

Resource database file location
By default, these files are located in :\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data\. Each instance of SQL Server has one and only one associated mssqlsystemresource.mdf file, and instances do not share this file. In a cluster, the Resource database exists in the \Data folder on a shared disk.

Follow below steps if you want to see the resource database.
Step 1: Copy the resource database MDF/LDF file to different location and rename it. We have name both data and log file to resourcetest.

Step 2: Execute the below command to attach the resource database file and you can see the resource database.

USE [master]
CREATE DATABASE [resourcetest] ON 
( FILENAME = N'J:\resourcetest.mdf' ),
( FILENAME = N'J:\resourcetest.ldf' )

Resource Database Image