Drop a Database Snapshot (Transact-SQL)
Applies To: SQL Server 2016
Dropping a database snapshot deletes the database snapshot from SQL Server and deletes the sparse files that are used by the snapshot. When you drop a database snapshot, all user connections to it are terminated.
Any user with DROP DATABASE permissions can drop a database snapshot.
To drop a database snapshot
Identify the database snapshot that you want to drop. You can view the snapshots on a database in SQL Server Management Studio. For more information, see View a Database Snapshot (SQL Server).
Issue a DROP DATABASE statement, specifying the name of the database snapshot to be dropped. The syntax is as follows:
DROP DATABASE database_snapshot_name [ ,...n ]
Where database_snapshot_name is the name of the database snapshot to be dropped.
This example drops a database snapshot named SalesSnapshot0600, without affecting the source database.
DROP DATABASE SalesSnapshot0600 ;
Any user connections to SalesSnapshot0600 are terminated, and all of the NTFS file system sparse files used by the snapshot are deleted.