Database Size is not reducing after empty Recycle bin in SharePoint 2007.

Minesh Shah
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Hi, in one site collection I have deleted recycle bin data even deleted from secondary recycle bin also but mdf file of that site collection database is still showing the same size, it is not reducing.

Kindly suggest.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing Engineer
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Commented:
the .mdf file of sql server database will not shrink just because you delete data in the tables, and not even if you just dropped tables.

you would need to explicitly request to shrink the data files (or even the full database), which you can do in sql server using the GUI or t-SQL, but normally, you just won't.
the exception is if your database files had grown just "out of control", so you have to reclaim disk space.

normally, you would just keep the file sizes as are. sql server will internally reuse the space.
Hi MineSharePoint,

Angel is right on pointing out the fact that the database will not reclaim the space even if you cleanup you recycle bin in sharepoint.

From the sharepoint, point of view, you have to manually perform Db shrinking for which you can follow methods mentioned in the below post

Shrinking a Database
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189080(v=sql.105).aspx
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thanks, now it is redused by srinking

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