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SQL Server files & filegroups

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Hi

We have a database that is growing quite large with legacy data, we are archiving the old data into archive tabes within the same database. The data has to be available for reporting.

It has been suggested that these archive tables can point to different files than the main database.

How is this done - I can create a new file, but how do I get the data from the archive tales to use it.

Andy
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 2000 total points
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steps:
1) create a new filegroup
2) create a new file into this filegroup
3) move the table to the new filegroup
  => to perform that step, you use the "clustered index trick"
  a) if the table has already a clustered index: drop it, and recreate it and specify the new filegroup
  b) if the table does not have a clustered index, create a clustered index on the filegroup
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I have done as you suggest, yet when I do a properties on the table, the storage still says Primary not Archive as I'd expect.

If I look at the properties for the index that too says Primary.

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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then you did not create the clustered index correctly.
please show how you created the index
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Opened the table in design mode
Clicked TableDesigner
Clicked Index Keys

from the pop up I clicked Add
In the section Data Space Specification I selected Archive.

If I go back into this it says Archive, its just the properties that report wrong.

I have refreshed.

Andy
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you have to "SAVE" those changes, otherwise it will not be effective.
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Sorted it, rather than open the table in Design, I added the index by opening the table dropdown | Indexes | Add.

Andy
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good :)
glad I could help
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Thanks for your help

Andy
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