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In your upload process, you'll need to specifically convert it to a date. This is always the case when a string is not in the default date format set for your machine. NLS_DATE_FORMAT is the parameter that determines the date format.
Converting that string to a date requires the TO_DATE function. In this case: TO_DATE(colname, 'MM/DD/YYYY HH:MI:SS AM')
can you please provide more details as how to use TO_DATE function as part of the import process... one of the option is to import dates as varchar2 and then use an sql to convert it to a date format but ideally I would like to do it as part of the import process to keep it simple
Thanks again for your assistance and sharing your experience/knowledge
K -- I import my data through other tools. Looking at the Data Workshop utility, presumably you'd put MM/DD/YYYY HH:MI:SS AM in the 'Format' field for that column.
Thanks again for your assistance