How to remove the SQL Server Partitioning implemented on a table


We need to remove the partition that has been implemented into a table in 2005. Could anyone help on the same. While trying to remove the Partition Scheme, I am getting the following error message: Msg 7717, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 The partition scheme "PS_ActivityYear" is currently being used to partition one or more tables.

Could anyone explain how to remove the partition?

Thanks in advance. Anandan
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asked Dec 09 '11 at 12:11 AM in Default

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You have to rebuild all of your indexes that are using the partition schema, and specify a filegroup instead of the partition schema.

CREATE INDEX indexname ON tablename (columnname_1, colummnname_2, columnname_n)
WITH(DROP_EXISTING=ON) ON filegroupname -- specify the filegroup instead of the partition schema

If you need to find all the indexes that are using the partition schema you can use the following code:

SELECT O.Name as TableName, I.Name as IndexName, I.Type, I.type_desc as IndexType, ps.name as PartitionSchema
FROM sys.objects O
INNER JOIN sys.partitions p on P.object_id = O.object_id
INNER JOIN sys.indexes i on p.object_id = i.object_id and p.index_id = i.index_id
INNER JOIN sys.data_spaces ds on i.data_space_id = ds.data_space_id
INNER JOIN sys.partition_schemes ps on ds.data_space_id = ps.data_space_id
WHERE p.partition_number = 1

I didn't have my own script with me so this is actually copied from : http://sqlfascination.com/2010/01/12/dynamic-partitioning-what-objects-are-using-a-partition-schema-sql-tuesday-002/

All credits to Andrew Hogg, read his post, it may give you some ideas on how all the partition objects relate to each other.
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answered Dec 09 '11 at 12:12 AM

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+1 and tables too!
Dec 09 '11 at 12:17 AM Kev Riley ♦♦

Hi Hakan,

Thanks for the wonderful guidance. I have identified all the indexes created on partition schema and removed those indexes. Now, I am able to drop the partition schema as well as partition function.

However, you have mentioned to rebuild all of your indexes that are using the partition schema, and specify a filegroup instead of the partition schema.

As, this table is having several around 12 Filegroups, Am I need to create the index upon all the available filegroups ?
Jul 09 '12 at 03:30 PM skan2dan1

By rebuilding the indexes without a partition schema you will be forced to migrate the data to one filegroup - that is the reason for having partitioning in the first place.

You will issue the CREATE INDEX WITH (DROP_EXISTING=ON) command and supply one filegroup for the index to be created in.
Jul 10 '12 at 08:58 AM WilliamD
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