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Clearing a Data File with EMPTYFILE

Chad Callihan gets rid of secondary data files:

As I was working on a recent tempdb blog post, I encountered an error when trying to remove data files. Let’s look into the issue you may have removing data files and the solution to get those files cleaned up.

Click through to see how you can empty a data file and remove it without receiving error messages. I’m going to guess that this works better on lightly-used databases more than slammed ones.