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Check for Existing Data in a table (SQL 2008)

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I first want to check if data exists in a table A, then if yes I want to truncate data in table B and replace with the data in table A. If No I do not want to do anything.
I believe there is some sort of row function or exist statement that is needed, however my attempts are causing errors. Please advise. Thanks
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by:Lee Savidge
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if exists (select top 1 * from tableA)
begin
  truncate table tableA
  insert into tableB
  select * from tableA -- this assumes your table structures are the same. If not, select only the columns you want
end

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Thanks and one additional quesiton on your post. Should the truncate table tableA really be truncate table tableB as that is the table I want to update. So most likley that was just a typo?
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A typo. Truncate tableB.

Obviously you will want to test this first.
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by:SeTech
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Thanks worked PERFECTLY
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Splendid!

Glad to be of help :)
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