Encountering error messages while working with the MS SQL Server application is a par for the course for most database professionals. However receiving an out of space error message may be a rare occurrence and it can leave you bewildered if you thought you had enough physical space on the system. In this article we would look at the causes behind such an error being returned and look at rectifying the situation.
Possible Causes behind an Out of Space error message
If you have received an out of space error message, it would make sense to check if you are running out of physical space. While this may sound rather pointless for those who have kept multiple gigabytes of space available, there are chances that a file has grown up drastically in size.
Now an out of space error can also stem from the fact that a specific file limit has been placed on the database or for that matter by the transaction log file. In case you are using the free starter edition of SQL Server, you should verify whether the database size has reached the prescribed limits. Last but not the least a filled up temporary database file can also cause the issue.
What you need to do to fix the issue
The action you take is directly related to cause of the error that you are able to diagnose. In case of a shortage of physical space, you would have to allocate more disk space and this may involve hardware costs. In contrast if the issue is coming out of a restriction in file size, the same can be easily modified. In case you are using the Starter edition, it is possibly time that you consider upgrading your SQL Server version to the next level. Similarly if you suspect the tempdb to have become bloated, simply close the MSSQL service and launch it again which will create a new file.
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