How delete records use SQL Transactional Language in MSSQL Server 2005

I need to reduce size of DB in preperation for migration to another host.

I truncated two large tables ok in studio.

There is one large table I need to do selective delete. When I run it as a coldfusion template it just hangs ( I put in a max rows just as a test)
How do I put this in studio transaction sql language - may run better in studio. So hard code a date

Notification_Date is smalldateint and is indexed

<!--- delete old notifications ---->
<CFMODULE TEMPLATE='getnewdate.cfm' Days=600>
<cfoutput> #newdate# </cfoutput>
<cfquery name="DeleteMembers"
         datasource="HouseCare2"
         dbtype="ODBC"
         maxrows="1000">
		 
Delete Notification 
		WHERE
          Notification.Notification_Date < #NewDate#	
            
</cfquery>

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The page threw an error - timeout - even though I just selected 1000 rows

The Application Has Encountered an Error!
Here is some of the information that has been submitted to the site administrator.

Date of the Error: Wed Oct 01 18:59:13 EDT 2014
Browser being used: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/37.0.2062.124 Safari/537.36
Remote Address: 10.0.0.72
Page on which error occurred:
HTTP Referrer
Template /test/Utility_oldnotifications.cfm
Query String
HTML Code Format
The request has exceeded the allowable time limit Tag: CFQUERY  <br>The error occurred on line 19.

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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
In general it is:

DELETE FROM table_name
WHERE ...

see the documentation

so it looks like it would be:

DELETE FROM Notification
WHERE  Notification.Notification_Date < '20140101' -- or whatever the date is, the best format to use is like this
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Ian WhiteOwner and FounderAuthor Commented:
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_agx_Commented:
As an aside, "maxrows" only applies to operations that return a resultset, like a SELECT.  Delete's do not return any results, so it has no effect here.

Also, if you did want to limit the results, better to use db commands like TOP.  The reason is some versions of CF apply "maxrows" after the fact.  So if you're querying a million row table, the db will still return all 1 million rows. CF just drops everything but 1000 afterward. Very inefficient.
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