sql 2000 shrink database

im trying to shrink my database to get some disk space back
i created a databse maintnace plan to shrink the file
it runs and says it succeded  in the logs but the database does not shrink
databse size is 16gb
12 gb used
4 gb free space
when i schedule i set 5% free space
why isnt the database shrinking and relesing the free space ?
im trying to get back 3 gigs of much needed space
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
I hope you are shrinking the log files ?
The log file is internally divided into smaller virtual logs and shrinking will only happen when the active part of the log is at the
beginning of your log file. You can use the dbcc loginfo(dbname) command to see where the active part of the transaction log is - any logs marked with a Status of 2 are active.
Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Alternatively you can change the recovery model to 'Simple;
What happens when do try to shrink the database manually?

i.e : Right Click on the database > All Tasks > Shrink Database.

Also if hdd space is more important than performance then you can reduce the amount of space that the file auto-grows to by going in database's property.
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Shrinking the database will just cause the files to need to grow again immediately as new transactions arrive; that in turn will take more CPU effort, reduce the availability of the system during the extension (which may lead to application errors & timeouts) and increase the fragmentation of the file.

Paul Randal (Lead Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server Storage Engine) said i:

"Don't shrink your database. Shrink causes index fragmentation - I've specifically documented this in the BOL for SQL Server 2005.
Eugene ZCommented:
try to use
DBCC SHRINKFILE  (in your DB run  select name from sysfiles)
dano992Author Commented:
i plan on leaving 1 gb of free space on the database for grouth
i would like the other 3 gigs back as im short on disk space
i never heard of shrinking the database is bad
plus can i just reindex the database after the shrink?
Eugene ZCommented:
sure, you can do anything after the shrink
just check - maybe you will need to shrink db after reindexing
Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
I would suggest splitting the points
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