Delete Data or Log Files from a Database
Applies To: SQL Server 2016
This topic describes how to delete data or log files in SQL Server 2016 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL.
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Before you begin:
To delete data or logs files from a database, using:
- A file must be empty before it can be deleted. For more information, see Shrink a File.
Requires ALTER permission on the database.
In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of the SQL Server Database Engine and then expand that instance.
Expand Databases, right-click the database from which to delete the file, and then click Properties.
Select the Files page.
In the Database files grid, select the file to delete and then click Remove.
Connect to the Database Engine.
From the Standard bar, click New Query.
Copy and paste the following example into the query window and click Execute. This example removes the file
For more examples, see ALTER DATABASE File and Filegroup Options (Transact-SQL).