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SQL Server 2000 largest datatype

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I have created a VB.Net, Sql Server 2000 application.
I am trying to store some text in a table column. The column is expected to have 50 characters appended everyday. At this rate, the row may reach the maximium limit in a couple of months(approximately). How can I design the table so that it can accomodate the huge data in the column?
What datatype can I use?

Thanks in advance.

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the varchar goes up to 8000 chars, so that would keep you out of the clear for 16 days ...
How about a little different design ? How about a table with an ID field, a Datetime and a varchar(100). So each day will get it's own record and when you need them all together, you select them into one large string.

SQL 2005 can have the varchar(max) which goes up to 2GB of data ... but that is no good for you at this point.

I wouldn't go for the image or text data types, but they do give you the opportunity to go beyond 8000 chars.

So, quick (text data type) or nice (new design) ... it's up to you.

Hope this helps ...
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The text data type has a capacity of 2 GB (the same as varchar(max) in SQL Server 2005).

However, storing all the data in the same field is not a good idea. Over time your application will get slower and slower, and one day you will run out of memory.

Yveaus suggestion to store each value in a separate record is a better solution.

Alternatively, if you don't want the values in separate records, at least set a size limit on the data that you store in each record, for example a few kB, and when you reach the limit you start on a new record. That way the application will not stop working after some time.
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