The MSDN documentation for datetime recommends using datetime2.

datetime2 has larger date range, a larger default fractional precision, and optional user-specified precision. Also depending on the user-specified precision it may use less storage.

Furthermore, datetime2 has a date range of “0001 / 01 / 01” through “9999 / 12 / 31” while the datetime type only supports year 1753-9999. If your need is precesion, datetime2 can be more precise in terms of time; datetime is limited to 3 1/3 milliseconds, while datetime2 can be accurate down to 100ns.

Both types map to System.DateTime in .NET – no difference there.

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Posted by TheBoyan

I have been programming since I was 11 years old (Yes, I'm one of those, for real). First programming language I learned was BASIC, on a Commodore64. Then around high-school it was C and Assembly. Just before and during university days it was C++. I started doing some professional work during this period, part of the reason why I dropped out of uni in my final year. I have never stopped since then. Going through a plethora of technologies ranging from C and Assembly languages, Delphi to C++, C#, Java and so on and so forth... trough 20 (and more, who counts, does it even matter) years of software development. I have not lost even a single bit of my ambition and love for the craft from those first young days, nor the energy...I absolutely love what I do. I like to get my hands into all aspects of software development. Now-a-days I use mainly Microsoft related technologies .NET C#, with a lot of database design/management usage of SQL server, but not in any way limited to that.

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