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SQL 2008 database growing to fast after SQL 2005 migration

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I migrated from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 a couple of weeks ago and my database has gone from 78gigs to 270gigs. Please help!!
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by:Daniel_PL
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Can you run this query:

USE <your db name>
SELECT	mf.name,mf.file_id AS fileid,FILEPROPERTY(mf.name,'Spaceused')*8/1024 AS size_MB,
        mf.size * 8 AS [Initial SIZE IN KB],CASE mf.max_size WHEN -1 THEN 'Unlimited' END AS maxsize, (mf.growth *8) AS growth_KB,
        ((mf.size * 8)-(FILEPROPERTY(mf.name,'Spaceused')*8))/1024 AS Free_Space_MB
        FROM	sys.master_files AS mf
JOIN  sys.database_files AS df ON mf.name=df.name
WHERE	mf.database_id = DB_ID()

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by:boxer327
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The database is currently in production. I ran the query and got the following message back:
Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near '<'.

 I'm a SQL beginner. Please provide more details. Thanks
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by:Daniel_PL
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Please don't use < > brackets, just use your database name instead.
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by:Umesh_Madap
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Hi
please verify what is the t-log file sizes

use the below code

dbcc sqlperf(logspace)

this query gives the t-log file size if it is grown you need to shrink the t-log file

dbcc shrinkfile(2,1)

please let me know if you need any more clarifications

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by:boxer327
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The database is actually only 41gigs, but the full backup for the Database is now over 310gigs. How do i fix this?
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by:Daniel_PL
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You are probably backing up your database with no init clause - it means each new backup is appended to your backup file. Change it to WITH INIT and every new backup will overwrite existing.
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by:Daniel_PL
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Run following query to view contents of your backup file:
RESTORE HEADERONLY FROM DISK='path to your backup file'  
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by:boxer327
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Your correct how do I fix the backups?
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Why do you mean by fixing backups?
You can backup to the same file using WITH INIT clause, e.g.:
BACKUP DATABASE some_db_name_here TO DISK='D:\BACKUP\some_db_name_here.bak'

You can backup to new file each time by adding date stamp at the and of file, next deleting old backup file:

Finally you can use already created scripts for backup, and even more - by Ola Hallegren:
http://ola.hallengren.com/
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You've corrected my backup problem. Thank you
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