How can I reduce my SQL Server 2005 Backup file? Something to do with the log file?
Posted on 2012-04-03
I have a large SQL Server 2005 BAK file which looks to be about 1.6GB, but when restored looks to need about 18GB. The Log file looks huge. I only want the data from the database. How can I minimise the size of this restore job. Also I think the backup method was "FULL". A colleague did this for me, perhaps I may need to redo this using another method avoiding the Log file somehow, or can I restore the BAK file requiring far less space using some form of "NO LOG" instruction.