Thanks for the article - I took a look and it still seems odd to me that a snapshot could be 2-3x's the size of the source db. If the snapshot file is a copy of the original pages that were changed - how can the size ever be more than that of the original db? Seems to be the the worst case is that every page is in the snapshot file and therefore should be right at the size of the source db. I will do some add'l digging to see if I can answer this myself. Thanks again.