sql server 2008 Archive table

I have 2 tables that were created last year for a process that runs once each year. These tables need to be cleared before we run the process this year. I have been told we should "archive" the tables. How would I do this/ What would be the process?
qbjgqbjgConsultantAsked:
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ZberteocConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The easiest way would be to do this:

1. Script the table structure but make sure you also script its indexes. To do that you will go in MS and right click on the database name > Task  > Generate Scripts > Next > Select Script specific... > expand Tables node > check the table(s) you need to script > Next > choose Save scripts to a specific location and below Save to file and Single file per object(if you have multiple tables) - choose a location folder > click on Advance button > in the bottom section called Table/View options make sure you set to True indexes, triggers, Foreign Keys but NO DATA!> click OK > Next > Next > wait until done > click Finish

2. Rename the tables that you scripted. Right click on them > Rename > give them name like table_YYYY, or whatever seems proper to you.

3. Open the scripts generated in step 1 and run them.

Done.

I agree that the partitioning will be a nicer solution but if you've never done that I would recommend to first test it and only when you are sure how it's done to implement it.
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
if you are using sql 2008, the best option is to go for Partitioning by year. that way it is easy to moveinto another table or you can leave as it it. it wont affect performance of your query at all as it is on a different partition.

http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2008/01/25/sql-server-2005-database-table-partitioning-tutorial-how-to-horizontal-partition-database-table/
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qbjgqbjgConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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