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I deleted all the rows in a table and the data size is still 7.5 gb.  Who do I release all that unused space.
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This happens when you DELETE records from a table - they're not actually deleted, just marked as deleted, and then overwritten later.

If you want to free up the space, issue this instead:

TRUNCATE TABLE dbo.SYSDATABASELOG

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This will reset the high water mark on the table and free up the reserved space. You'll still have the space allocated in your data file, though - you'll need a DBCC SHRINKDB to free that up.
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You could try DBCC UPDATEUSAGE on that table like below and check after that:

DBCC UPDATEUSAGE ('db_name','table_name')  -- WITH NO_INFOMSGS
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Try shrinking the database

Right click on the database, select Tasks->Shrink->Database

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Caution shrinking live on line databases even on SQL 2008.
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All these are great.. I have done all of them with no change.
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do you have a clustered index on it? if not try create one then drop, if yest try drop then re-create.
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