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How to delete large amount of rows from table in SQL

September 4, 2012 10 comments

How to delete huge amount of data from a table in SQL

In some scenario we have to delete large amount of rows from sql table and it will going to timeout if the table has very large amount of rows (Some tables in the database has more than crore rows). In this scenario we need to delete some small amount of records and from the table and continue the process until all records in the table deleted.

Query for recursive deletion from the table in SQL 

Below codes delete 50000 rows recursively untill all records int the table deleted. So it never meets the timeout exception and will complete execution faster than normal query

WHILE exists (
SELECT * FROM myTable WHERE name like ‘%ab%’
DELETE TOP (50000) scanned_cont_dtls WHERE name like ‘%ab%’;

How to get size of the database in SQL / SQL Azure?

Some of the case database exceeds the db size and got error while trying to insert new row into the db. Most of the case this will happen after some years of using database. So we cannot identify the issue very quickly and may be our application need to shut down for some days. To monitoring this issue we can create a user interface (if we needed) which showing currently used size of the database.

Query for getting size of the database in SQL / SQL Azure

To get the table wise size we can use following query, which returns the name of the tables with size of the table.

select , sum(reserved_page_count) * 8.0 / 1024 as size_in_MB 
      sys.dm_db_partition_stats, sys.objects 
      sys.dm_db_partition_stats.object_id = sys.objects.object_id
group by

To get the entire database used size we can use following query.

      sum(reserved_page_count) * 8.0 / 1024 as size_in_MB
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