I have a database of about 325GB with free space ~120GB and we're having drive alerts go off so i need to free some space.
I know that i could possibly shrink this DB which is a bad idea as it causes fragmentation and will end up just growing the database back in no time. Another approach that i have used in the past that has worked faster than shrinking, even on large database, is resizing the database file using the GUI, files tab in database properties.
What i need help with at this time is understanding the difference between shrink and resize, and the pros and cons of resizing. Can't seem to find anything online so thought my gurus here might have an idea.
Thanks in advance!