DateTime vs DateTime2 and conversion exception

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DateTime2 is new data type introduced in SQL Server which is nothing but an extension of existing DateTime data type. Question is why we are getting error of 'DateTime vs DateTime2 conversion exception' while we are not using an old version of SQL Server say 2005 or 2008. We will check this in this article and other issues which we face time to time and how to fix them. Let's first see the most common thing about DateTime and DateTime2 which will help to understand the issue.


  • Defines a date that is combined with a time of day with fractional seconds that is based on a 24-hour clock.
  • Default value: 1900-01-01 00:00:00
  • Range: January 1, 1753, through December 31, 9999

Syntax and Usage

syntax: datetime 

DECLARE @MyDatetime datetime
CREATE TABLE Table1 ( Column1 datetime )

No way to define the user-specified precision


  • Defines a date that is combined with a time of day that is based on 24-hour clock. datetime2 can be considered as an extension of the existing datetime type that has a larger date range, a larger default fractional precision, and optional user-specified precision.

  • Default value: 1900-01-01 00:00:00

  • 0001-01-01 through 9999-12-31 or
  • January 1,1 AD through December 31, 9999 AD

Syntax and Usage

syntax: datetime2 [ (fractional seconds precision) ]

DECLARE @MyDatetime2 datetime2(7)
CREATE TABLE Table1 ( Column1 datetime2(7) )

Now have feature to define user-specified precision

DateTime vs DateTime2 conversion exception

Let's try to understand the different situation whne we can get this error, say we have a student class with with following properties

  public class Student
    public int ID { get; set; }
    public string StudentName { get; set; }
    public DateTime DateCreated { get; set; }
    public DateTime DateUpdated { get; set; }

Note, DateCreated and DateUpdated both are not nullable, when we will try to add the record, first time we will not pass DateUpdate value because it is the first time we adding.

Since this property is not nullable so automatically form C# it will use 01/01/0001.

We already not this range belongs from DateTime2 and not to DateTime so immediately we will get error of conversion from DateTime2 to DateTime.

This will happen even if our table is DateUpdated columns is nullable, because we are passing a value rather than null.

  1. Say all our property is nullable and table columns are also nullable:

If we are deciding the date on the basis of condition and none of the condition meat, see

DateTime myDate;
  case x:
    myDate = DateTime.Now; break;
  case y:
    myDate = '01/01/2015'; break;       

If none of the case match then my date will not be assigned and default it will take again 01/01/0001 and same error.

See the complete detail DateTime and DateTime2

Alicia Gonzalez I am working on .Net since last 7 years.C# is really amazing language and I like to learn everything about C# and want to share whatever I know.
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