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Truncate Table WITH Partitions SQL Server | Truncate Table SQL Server |

It is a well known fact that TRUNCATE TABLE is faster than DELETE statement. TRUNCATE TABLE SQL Server uses lesser system resources and transaction log file when compared to a DELETE statement.

This is Part 2 of 10 Part T-SQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2016 for Developers and DBAs. Click here to read it from the beginning….

Starting SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has introduced a new clause TRUNCATE TABLE WITH PARTITIONS SQL Server which can be used to truncate all rows available within a partition.


TRUNCATE TABLE [SchemaName].[TableName] 
WITH (PARTITIONS [Partition Number Expression] | [Range]);

Before you use TRUNCATE TABLE WITH PARTITION clause in SQL Server 2016 make sure all the indexes on the table are aligned with its partitions else the statement will fail.

Example Truncate Table with Partitions SQL Server

Execute the below sample code to remove Partitions 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 in SQL Server 2016 using TRUNCATE TABLE WITH PARTITIONS SQL SERVER clause.

TRUNCATE TABLE Sales.TransactionHistory 
WITH (PARTITIONS (12, 14, 16 TO 18))

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Ashish Mehta

Ashish Kumar Mehta is a database manager, trainer and technical author. He has more than a decade of IT experience in database administration, performance tuning, database development and technical training on Microsoft SQL Server from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014. Ashish has authored more than 325 technical articles on SQL Server across leading SQL Server technology portals. Over the last few years, he has also developed and delivered many successful projects in database infrastructure; data warehouse and business intelligence; database migration; and upgrade projects for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cognizant and Centrica PLC, UK. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and industry standard certifications from Microsoft including MCITP Database Administrator 2005/2008, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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