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Purge old records in database


We have an old database server that is running out of drive space, we'd like to clean up some of the old data by running a delete statement. However, when the query is running, the transaction log growns rapidly and filled out the available drive space (70GB) and eventualy failed the had to roll back. Is there a work around for this situation?

Thank you.
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I have some ideas that may help

1) run small changes and commit
2) change the database recovery mode to full
3) shrink files
Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
What percentage of the table are you trying to DELETE? If it is a significant percent, you may consider transferring the rows you want to keep to a temporary location. Keep in mind, you will need to account for dependencies/relationships with other data; however, all that aside, once you have the 'good' rows copied off, TRUNCATE TABLE {your table name}. Then you can INSERT the 'good' rows back.
First backup the database if you can,
Set the Recovery Mode to simple to keep the log from growing too fast.
If you still run out of space Delete the data in smaller subsets
You can CHECKPOINT the database after each delete to truncate the log
re-set the recovery model if it was not simple to begin with.

I assume there is no extra drive available to mov the log file to.
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