In this post, I will be explaining how to move tables/objects between different FileGroups.
- Create a sample database
USE master GO CREATE DATABASE MoveFG GO
- Create Two file groups. In this example i have created two filegroups MoveFG_DATA_1 and MoveFG_DATA_2
ALTER DATABASE MoveFG ADD FILEGROUP MoveFG_DATA_1 GO ALTER DATABASE MoveFG ADD FILEGROUP MoveFG_DATA_2 GO
- Create data files in different filegroups. In this example, i have created four data files, two for each filegroup
ALTER DATABASE MoveFG ADD FILE ( NAME = MoveFG11, FILENAME = 'C:\Ram\MoveFGDB\MoveFG_11.ndf', SIZE = 1MB, MAXSIZE = 10MB, FILEGROWTH = 1MB) TO FILEGROUP MoveFG_DATA_1 GO ALTER DATABASE MoveFG ADD FILE ( NAME = MoveFG20, FILENAME = 'C:\Ram\MoveFGDB\MoveFG_20.ndf', SIZE = 1MB, MAXSIZE = 10MB, FILEGROWTH = 1MB) TO FILEGROUP MoveFG_DATA_2 GO ALTER DATABASE MoveFG ADD FILE ( NAME = MoveFG21, FILENAME = 'C:\Ram\MoveFGDB\MoveFG_21.ndf', SIZE = 1MB, MAXSIZE = 10MB, FILEGROWTH = 1MB) TO FILEGROUP MoveFG_DATA_2 GO
- Now, create a table on filegroup MoveFG_DATA_1 and later move the filegroup to another group name MoveFG_DATA_2
USE MoveFG GO CREATE TABLE TAB1 ( TAB1_ID INT IDENTITY(1,1), TAB1_NAME VARCHAR(100), CONSTRAINT PK_TAB1 PRIMARY KEY(TAB1_ID) ) ON MoveFG_DATA_1 -- Filegroup we created. GO
- Insert few records into the table TAB1
SET NOCOUNT OFF INSERT INTO TAB1(TAB1_NAME) SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE' GO 10000
- Verify which file group the data resides. You can use sp_help to get the details as shown in below.
- As you can see above screenshot the table is on First file group MoveFG_DATA_1. Let us move the table TAB1 to another filegroup name MoveFG_DATA_2. To accomplish this we need to alter table with drop constraint with move option to move to another file group as shown below
ALTER TABLE TAB1 DROP CONSTRAINT PK_TAB1 WITH (MOVE TO MoveFG_DATA_2) GO ALTER TABLE TAB1 ADD CONSTRAINT PK_TAB1 PRIMARY KEY(TAB1_ID) GO
- Now, Check which file group the table TAB1 resides
- There you go, The table has been moved to secondary file group MoveFG_DATA2. You can also use below query to get the details of tables/objects on different filegroups. I have taken this from Pinal’s Blog
SELECT obj.[name], obj.[type], i.[name], i.[index_id], fg.[name] FROM sys.indexes i INNER JOIN sys.filegroups fg ON i.data_space_id = fg.data_space_id INNER JOIN sys.all_objects obj ON i.[object_id] = obj.[object_id] WHERE i.data_space_id = fg.data_space_id AND obj.type = 'U' -- User Created Tables GO
- Be careful running this code on a production system, You may want to consider running this code during a maintenance window so the users are not impacted.
Hope you like the post. Stay tuned for next tip.
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Awesome Ram, Thanks a lot. it will resolve many space issues. Thanks again for this lovely post.