?
Solved

sql 2000 shrink database

Posted on 2006-07-24
12
Medium Priority
?
675 Views
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
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
0
Comment
Question by:dano992
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
12 Comments
 
LVL 75

Accepted Solution

by:
Aneesh Retnakaran earned 672 total points
ID: 17169122
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.
0
 
LVL 75

Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 17169127
Alternatively you can change the recovery model to 'Simple;
0
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:shahprabal
shahprabal earned 664 total points
ID: 17169187
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.
0
Get MySQL database support online, now!

At Percona’s web store you can order your MySQL database support needs in minutes. No hassles, no fuss, just pick and click. Pay online with a credit card.

 
LVL 75

Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 17169386
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.
0
 
LVL 43

Assisted Solution

by:Eugene Z
Eugene Z earned 664 total points
ID: 17170509
try to use
DBCC SHRINKFILE  (in your DB run  select name from sysfiles)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/tsqlref/ts_dbcc_8b51.asp
0
 

Author Comment

by:dano992
ID: 17179284
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?
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Eugene Z
ID: 17183581
sure, you can do anything after the shrink
just check - maybe you will need to shrink db after reindexing
0
 
LVL 75

Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 17603119
I would suggest splitting the points
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:shahprabal
ID: 17603596
ditto
0

Featured Post

Get 15 Days FREE Full-Featured Trial

Benefit from a mission critical IT monitoring with Monitis Premium or get it FREE for your entry level monitoring needs.
-Over 200,000 users
-More than 300,000 websites monitored
-Used in 197 countries
-Recommended by 98% of users

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

International Data Corporation (IDC) prognosticates that before the current the year gets over disbursing on IT framework products to be sent in cloud environs will be $37.1B.
Ever wondered why sometimes your SQL Server is slow or unresponsive with connections spiking up but by the time you go in, all is well? The following article will show you how to install and configure a SQL job that will send you email alerts includ…
Familiarize people with the process of utilizing SQL Server functions from within Microsoft Access. Microsoft Access is a very powerful client/server development tool. One of the SQL Server objects that you can interact with from within Microsoft Ac…
Via a live example, show how to set up a backup for SQL Server using a Maintenance Plan and how to schedule the job into SQL Server Agent.
Suggested Courses

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question