find out how busy my databases are

is there a way to find out how busy my databases are ie.. (transacttions)  we are trying to figure out which ones need full recovery model or simple.   whats the best way to do this?
jamesmetcalf74Asked:
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Steve WalesSenior Database AdministratorCommented:
The amount of transactional volume is not really relevant to whether or not you are in full recovery mode.

Recovery mode is about "How much data am I willing to lose".

In Simple Recovery mode you can only recover to the point of your last backup.  If your last backup was 24 hours ago and your server dies, you're going to lose 24 hours of data.

Full recovery mode, providing you are performing regular log backups on top of your full and optional differentials means your recovery is able to go back to the point of your last log backup and providing you still have access to the log file in the event of a failure of some sort, even quite possibly up to the point of failure.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Quite right.

However, if you still want to gauge relative activity, you can use these views:

sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats
sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Nice answer Steve.
jamesmetcalf74, do you need more inputs from us?
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jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
Thanks very much guys.  this section of experts exchange has saved me a lot of time and money
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