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Handling Unused Indexes

Welcome to the Chad Callihan Home for Unloved Indexes:

What do you do if you see that an index is being updated but is low on seeks and scans? Should you drop it because the table is never queried or a better index is being chosen? If an index doesn’t have updates, seeks, or scans then is the next step to drop?

The answer to these questions is a resounding “not yet!” Getting rid of an index that isn’t getting much use sounds simple but there are careful considerations to make.

Click through for those considerations.