Quick and easy way to know if SQL table has any records?

A form in my vb.net program needs to know if the LocInv table has any records.  I have been using this code:

        sSQL = "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM LocInv" 'check to see if this file is in use...
        sSQLresult = RunSQL_Select(sSQL, True)
        If Val(sSQLresult) > 0 Then
            pbC1_UseInv = True
        Else
            pbC1_UseInv = False
        End If

The problem is that LocInv has almost 100,000 records, and that is taking a few seconds to 'count' on my (slow) portable device.  So I need to know if there is an easy way to code this to more quickly determine whether or not the LocInv table has any records in it--without having to do a 'count' command.  Note that this is the compact framework environment, meaning I have a limited number of commands available to me.  TIA
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
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SELECT row_count FROM sys.dm_db_partition_stats WHERE OBJECT_NAME(object_id) = 'LocInv'

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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
This code looks somewhat awkward but it's the most accurate way that's also extremely fast:

"SELECT (SELECT CASE WHEN EXISTS(SELECT TOP (1) NULL FROM LocInv) THEN 1 ELSE 0 END)" 'check to see if this file is in use...

I've seen cases where sys.dm_db_partition_stats is not reliable, particularly when a large table has been truncated.
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sasllcAuthor Commented:
When I tried to use these in my program I got numerous syntax errors.  I'm guessing that it is due to a combination of this program being developed in the compact framework environment with its numerous restrictions, plus my lack of knowledge.

But it occurred to me that I might be able to try and read the first record of the file to see if I was already at the end of file--meaning it is empty.  This code worked for me:

        sSQL = "SELECT Bale FROM LocInv"

        cmd = New SqlCeCommand(sSQL, cn)
        cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
        dtr = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default)

        CkEOF = dtr.Read()
        If CkEOF = False Then 'if false, then there are no more records to read...
            pbC1_UseInv = False
        Else
            pbC1_UseInv = True
        End If
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