Permanently Delete the sql server database table



  • I wanted the remove the table from the sql server database. The table has 500 million records. I don't need the table anymore.

    What's the best approach? Can I use drop table command to delete the table permanently? If yes is this the good approach? I want to minimize the transaction log file growth or any other issues while I drop the table. Should I do in off business hours or if the impact is minimal I can it anytime?

    SQL server version is both 2017 and 2019. Databases containing those tables have same compatibility and are in full recovery model.



  • DROP TABLE is a minimally logged operation, as already answered https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/262230/does-droping-a-table-create-a-bunch-of-transactions-in-the-transaction-log-for-a .

    So, you can go ahead with the DROP TABLE operation.




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