SQL Express-solving 4GB Size Limit By Multiple Database Files?


I am new to SQL express and try to solve the 4GB size limitation.
Is there a possibility to create a new database file every time I get
to the limit?
How can I do that with C#? how can I create new database file every
time it gets full?
Can I be connected to two database files at the same time (the full db
and the new db)?

thanks in advance,

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