Sometimes you want to quickly see what tables have the most rows in your database. This is especially true if you inherited a new database and you want to know some stats about this database. Instead of doing a count(*) against every table, I usually just use the sp_spaceused stored procedure. this will run many times faster, usually it is instantaneous.
Just be aware of these remarks from Books On Line
When you drop or rebuild large indexes, or drop or truncate large tables, the Database Engine defers the actual page deallocations, and their associated locks, until after the transaction commits. Deferred drop operations do not release allocated space immediately. Therefore, the values returned by sp_spaceused immediately after dropping or truncating a large object may not reflect the actual disk space available.
You could use updateusage but I don’t bother, I just want to get a rough count
Here is the query that will give you that
CREATE TABLE #temp (name varchar(100), rows int,reserved varchar(100), data varchar(100),index_size varchar(100),unused varchar(100)) CREATE TABLE #loop (id int identity, name varchar(1000)) INSERT #loop SELECT SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) +'.' + name FROM sys.tables WHERE type = 'U' SET NOCOUNT ON DECLARE @LoopId int DECLARE @MaxID int DECLARE @cmd varchar(1100) DECLARE @TableName varchar(1000) SELECT @LoopId= 1 SELECT @MaxID = max(id) from #loop WHILE @LoopId <= @MaxID BEGIN SELECT @cmd = 'insert #temp exec sp_spaceused ''' SELECT @TableName = name from #loop where id = @LoopId SELECT @cmd = @cmd + @TableName + '''' EXEC( @cmd ) SET @LoopId = @LoopId + 1 END SELECT TOP 10 name, rows FROM #temp ORDER BY rows DESC DROP TABLE #temp, #loop
This post is part of the informational section of SQLCop. I have written the SQL in this way because I want SQLCop to be able to run this against a SQL Server 2000 instance