Movies.mdf not in App_data Folder – MVC4 Tutorial

Hey everyone,

I’ve decided to take a look MVC4 (C#) and have just started the Movies tutorial. Unfortunately I ran into a bit of trouble with the database setup, for some reason mine wasn’t appearing in the app_data folder.

Apparently there are a few things you can try here:

Click Show All Files
This one is pretty simple, just click Show All Files
– Project > Show All Files

Hit the refresh button
– Project > Refresh

Ensure that you’ve created a movie
You’ll need to make sure you’ve created a movie first. Apparently the database is not created until after a new row is inserted.

Final Solution, also the one that worked for me
The database wasn’t actually created under app_data, instead it was placed under: C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL10_50.SQLEXPRESSMSSQLDATA

This StackOverflow post explains why: asp-net-retrieving-data-from-nowhere



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