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  How to reclaim space after delete command on a table?

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by:Lee Savidge
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You can shrink the database. you may also want to consider backing up the log file and then truncating it.

Lee
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by:JoeNuvo
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after huge delete
you should rebuild table's clustered index
since huge delete will leave a lot of index fragment

and after that, shrink the database or shink all files in filegroup which that table keep on.
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DBCC CLEANTABLE ( 0 , table_name [, batch_size_as_#_rows] )
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by:jvejskrab
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DON'T USE SHRINK database or file !!!!!  It fragments indexes!!! Try other options instead of shrink !
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by:lundnak
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Shrinking can be used if you need to.  However, just make sure to rebuild the clustered indexes when you are done shrinking.
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by:Scott Pletcher
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Shrinking can also fragment heaps, and you can't easily defragment those.

Also, rebuilding the indexes will make the db grow again -- which kinda negates the effect of the shrink in the first place!
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@ScottPletcher:  I do agree with you.  My post was in response to the previous post.  I do not like these posts that tell people to never use DBCC Shrink.  Any seasoned veteran knows that tt always depends upon your database and the circumstance that you are in.  If I use DBCC ShrinkFile, I prefer to use the TRUNCATEONLY option.
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by:Scott Pletcher
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Yes, you're right.  Sorry, I didn't see the post immediately previous to yours when I posted my last response.

Certainly there ARE times when a shrink is a good idea, usually after a clean up or after tuning the db and thus freeing up a significant amount of space.

You can reduce db growth when rebuilding indexes by specifying "SORT_IN_TEMPDB = ON", which I strongly urge anyone to use when rebuilding indexes after a shrink.  If you don't do that, you could easily re-grow your db back up to (or even over) the size it was before the shrink.
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