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Checking Table Sizes in SQL Server

Checking Table Sizes in SQL Server

There are many ways to check the size of a table in SQL Server. The way you’ll do it will likely depend on what you’re task at hand is. For example, a quick look at the Disk Usage by Top Tables report on a database you’ve never seen before would instantly show you the heavy tables. But if you wanted that information saved somewhere else, it’s a quick job to output to Excel or a table using a SQL script.

Below is a quick run-through of a few ways you can check the sizes of your tables.

Disk Usage by Top Tables

Right-click a database, select Reports, Standard Reports and Disk Usage by Top Tables.

The report shows that this database has 2 tables close to 700MB in size, both containing the same number of rows but there are some differences in the indexes.

Table Properties

We can get more information by looking at these tables within the Object Explorer.

Right click a table and select Properties.

Within the Storage tab we’ll see more of the same disk usage info as above, including overall table disk space, index space and row counts.

Sytem Stored Proc (sp_spaceused)

Another way to check this information is by running the sp_spaceused system stored procedure.

SQL Script

Or, you can query the system tables.

That’s it for now on this!