Delete duplicate records in SQL database using stored procedure

Posted on 2007-12-04
Last Modified: 2008-09-11
I have a SQL server 2000 database that has over a million records in it.  I need to create a stored procedure that i can run that we check for which records have duplicates and then delete all of the duplicates except for one.  The criteria for the duplicates is based on five different columns.  I am hoping somebody can give me some guideance on how to do this.  
Question by:Mike_Stevens
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by:Daniel Reynolds
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Can you provide the structure of the table? Is there a unique key?

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Column: RecordNumber -  Unique Key
Column: IDNum
Column: Code
Column: Date
Column: Time
Column: State

All of the columns except RecordNumber need to be used in criteria.  Sample below

RecordNumber  IDNum  Code  Date         Time   State
------------------  ---------  ------  -------        ------   --------
100                   12345     A     12122007  1630    CA
101                   12345     A     12122007  1630    CA
102                   12345     A     12122007  1630    CA
103                   12345     A     12122007  1630    CA
104                   12345     A     12122007  1630    CA

Using the sample data above, procedure needs to delete all but one of the records.


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I would create a new table with the unique index on those fields, export the data from your old table into this new one (which will only take one of each duplicate because of the index), then clear out your old table and move the records from your new table back to the old table.
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Daniel Reynolds earned 500 total points
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Here is some code you can run iteratively until the rows affected = 0

DELETE  dbo.tblStatus
--SELECT top 1 * 
FROM dbo.tblStatus
WHERE Exists (Select Count(*), IDNum, Code, [Date], [Time], [State]
                              from dbo.tblStatus
                             Group By IDNum, Code, [Date], [Time], [State]
                             Having Count(*) > 1)

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by:Daniel Reynolds
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And here is a link with additional information.
and one that shows how to do it with a little bit more programming, but all at once.

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Code provided by xDJR1875: will delete all record which have duplicate data but Mike_Stevens intended to leave a row for the duplicate data.

You can try as below, it will only left the max record number for the duplicates data.

DELETE  FROM tblStatus
        SELECT MaxRecordNumber, IDNum, Code, Date, Time, State
              SELECT Max(RecordNumber) AS MaxRecordNumber, IDNum, Code, Date, Time, State
              FROM  dbo.tblStatus
              GROUP BY IDNum, Code, Date, Time, State
          ) A
         WHERE A.MaxRecordNumber = tblStatus.RecordNumber AND
                     A.IDNum = tblStatus.IDNum AND A.Code = tblStatus.Code AND
                     A.Date = tblStatus.Date AND A.Time = tblStatus.Time AND
                     A.State = tblStatus.State
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by:Daniel Reynolds
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Actually, with the SET ROWCOUNT = 1
The code does not delete all duplicate records.
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Sorry, my mistake, but for the example of data, the duplicate rows can be more than 2, set rowcount =1  will only delete one of the records which having duplicate.
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by:Daniel Reynolds
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You are correct that is why I suggest Mike run it iteratively until rows affected = 0.

It is not the most elegant of solutions, but maybe one of  the simplest.

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    FROM    MyTable
        FROM        MyTable
        GROUP BY    DuplicatevalueColumn1, DuplicateValueColumn2,

Reference:Pinal Dave

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