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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:51 AM
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I have multiple filegroups on a database and one has two logical files in it. I want to remove one of these files but I get the error: The file 'filename' cannot be removed because it is not empty. I can tie the objects in the database back to sys.filegroups and then sys.database_files, but both files in this filegroup have the same data_space_id. Is there a way to tie a given object back to a specific file_id or file_guid? If so, how?

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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:55 AM This worked for the OP Answer marked as solution


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Objects aren't defined on files, they're defined on filegroups. If you have two files in a filegroup, all objects on that filegroup will be spread across both files.

If you want to drop one of the files in a filegroup, you need to use DBCC ShrinkFile with the EMPTYFILE option, that will move all data to the other file in the filegroup and allow you to drop the shrunk file.



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