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I have an MSSQL 2005 installation on a machine, and somehow it's tempdb files got deleted.

I don't really care about what was on there as I am cleaning the instance anyway and starting from scratch.

The problem is I can't get the server to start, and I can't find any documentation on how to restore the server.

Any pointers? Thanks!

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As it turns out, the whole problem was solved by simply recreating the tempdb directory.

tempdb files are recreated on each server startup, so there's nothing really to recover, and the problem was that the directory was missing.

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