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Removes a partition scheme from the current database. Partition schemes are created by using CREATE PARTITION SCHEME and modified by using ALTER PARTITION SCHEME.

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DROP PARTITION SCHEME partition_scheme_name [ ; ]


Is the name of the partition scheme to be dropped.

A partition scheme can be dropped only if there are no tables or indexes currently using the partition scheme. If there are tables or indexes using the partition scheme, DROP PARTITION SCHEME returns an error. DROP PARTITION SCHEME does not remove the filegroups themselves.

The following permissions can be used to execute DROP PARTITION SCHEME:

  • ALTER ANY DATASPACE permission. This permission defaults to members of the sysadmin fixed server role and the db_owner and db_ddladmin fixed database roles.

  • CONTROL or ALTER permission on the database in which the partition scheme was created.

  • CONTROL SERVER or ALTER ANY DATABASE permission on the server of the database in which the partition scheme was created.

The following example drops the partition scheme myRangePS1 from the current database: