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I copied a small database from one SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (physical) server to another of the same version, but I cannot re-attach. It attaches but the DB is greyed and read-only. It was writable in its former location.

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How large is the db you are re-attaching? In my experience, until the database is "fully attached" it will be shown as read-only so larger database files may take a few moments. Also can you give some more detail on database server types, versions, storage/hardware specs, etc? – Diffuser Oct 16 '13 at 21:14
+1 waiting for large files to come online properly is a good tip. – Luke Puplett Oct 21 '13 at 9:14
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Ensure that the SQL Server account has permissions on the folder in which the database file(s) and log file(s) reside.

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