proper way to stop dbcc shrinkfile? RRS feed

  • Question

  • According to Microsoft's documentation the dbcc shrinkfile process can be stopped at any time without impact, and resumed at a later time if necessary.  I have some shrinkfile processes that will take up to days to complete (migrating data from old SAN to new SAN without downtime).  In the event I need to stop the shrinkfile process, what is the correct way to do this without any risk of data corruption?  Do I just hard kill the process or is there a better way?

    Here is a statement from TechNet, but it makes no mention of how to stop it:

    "DBCC SHRINKFILE operations can be stopped at any point in the process, and any completed work is retained."

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:11 PM

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  • Hello,

    How do you start the DBCC Shrinkfile command?
    - In SSMS query windows? Then simply click on "Stop" button.
    - AS SQL Server-Agent Job? Then stop the job.

    BTW, you could shrink the files also "chunk by chunk", means always only for a predefined size, e.g. 500 MB per run:

    DECLARE @DataFileName VARCHAR(255);  
    SET @DataFileName = (SELECT name FROM sysfiles WHERE groupid = 1);
    DECLARE @TargetSize INT; 
    -- Select current size and substract 500 MB
    SET @TargetSize = ROUND(8 * (SELECT size FROM sysfiles WHERE groupid = 1) / 1024, 0) - 500;
    EXEC ('DBCC SHRINKFILE (' + @DataFileName + ', ' + @TargetSize + ')');

    This reduces the runtime & IO workload; re-execute it until you reaches the wanted size.

    Olaf Helper

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    Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:21 PM
  • No corruption. Just press cancel the query. Moreover, do you know that DBCC SHRINKFILE has a parameter named 


    It does release the space at the end of the file you are shrinking BUT does not perform many data page movement

    Thus it should take less time...

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    • Proposed as answer by Kalman Toth Friday, October 11, 2013 5:19 AM
    Friday, October 11, 2013 2:50 AM
  • You can stop the query or You can kill the SPID.

    Kill SPID 

    Friday, October 11, 2013 2:54 AM
  • HI

    When performing large shrink operations on a large database I tend to process the shrink task incrementally. i.e. shrink the file in bit size chunks (i.e. 512mb). I usually run this operation from the job agent and log the operation to a text file. The following bit of code should do the trick.  

    DECLARE @StartSize INT 
    DECLARE @TargetSize INT
    Set   @TargetSize = -- SET END SIZE OF THE DATABASE FILE (MB)
    WHILE @StartSize > @TargetSize
    SET @StartSize = @StartSize - 512
        DBCC SHRINKFILE (N'file name' , @StartSize)




    • Proposed as answer by Anil_Kumar_DBA Monday, November 21, 2016 6:12 AM
    Friday, October 11, 2013 9:03 AM