Updated: August 9, 2016
Drops a database device or backup device from an instance of the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine, deleting the entry from master.dbo.sysdevices.
sp_dropdevice [ @logicalname = ] 'device' [ , [ @delfile = ] 'delfile' ]
[ @logicalname= ] 'device'
Is the logical name of the database device or backup device as listed in master.dbo.sysdevices.name. device is sysname, with no default.
[ @delfile= ] 'delfile'
Specifies whether the physical backup device file should be deleted. delfile is varchar(7). If specified as DELFILE, the physical backup device disk file is deleted.
0 (success) or 1 (failure)
sp_dropdevice cannot be used inside a transaction.
Requires membership in the diskadmin fixed server role.
The following example drops the
tapedump1 tape dump device from the Database Engine.
EXEC sp_dropdevice 'tapedump1';