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Hi EE,

I've just done a purge on some tables in ms sql and i can see that the tables have become significantly smaller, but when running a script for the DB Size it still saying that it’s the same size as before.

 Is there some kinda of routine to run that rechecks the db size ?

Thank you

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Ross Turner

8/22/2022 - Mon
Robert Schutt

yes, you can use the command DBCC SHRINKDATABASE


Which version of SQL Server?
This is for SQL 2005 - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190488%28SQL.90%29.aspx
Ross Turner

yeah i'm on Sql 2005
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Please Re-Index or Run DBCC CHECKDB on the DB, might this will helps.
Ross Turner

it keeps saying that it's timeout when running the Shrinkfile on the whole db

How big is the database file? how much empty space is in it?
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Ross Turner

it's 70gb is there a specific way of finding out whitespace

for performance once a database allocates and uses space . it rarely releases it to the OS without direct intervention.

so just deleting table rows does not release space back to the file system. Indeed just deleting table rows does not necessarily free up internal database space for other tables. (rather the existing pages remain in use by the current table)

if you want to recover space then a combination of reoorganisation, re-indexing, (and as a last resort) shrinkfile/db should be performed.

Tell us what you actual situation is ... and we maybe able to suggest a correct way to proceed...

start with why you are concerned about a small database of 70GB size?
Anthony Perkins

And what is the size of the data file and what is the size of the Transaction Log file.
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Ross Turner

Basically the reason for wanting to trim  the fat is space really, the db gets replicated to a test and training version of itself in ms sql and well its a requirement for us to have these. However been where i am and saying lets fork out some money and get some more hard drives is a no no at the current moment in time.

Anyway,  i've attached some details of the DB below