Transaction Log does not truncate and shrink when using the Shrink function


You might somehow quiet unhappy after you have right clicked the Database -> Tasks -> Shrink then either you choose Database or Files followed by clicking the Ok button. After that you checked database log file with the ldf extension from Windows Explorer but the size is still about the same as before shrink it.

Follow the few steps below should be able to make you happier.

1. Right click the Database -> Properties. Select the Options.

2. Select Simple from the Recovery Model then click ok.



3. Right click the Database -> Tasks -> Shrink -> Files.


4. Select Log from File type:

5. From Shrink action choose Reorganize pages before releasing unused space

6. 0 or more can be set for the size Shrink file to in MB then click Ok.


Now, go to Windows Explorer and check the size of your ldf file that you have just shrinked.


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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