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Determining the physical space occupied by database tables

How is the easiest way to know how much physical storage the tables in my database occupy ? I ask this because if I see the space used in the properties of the database (with Enterprise Manager), I see much more than than what I see using "sp_spaceused <table>" which I think doesn't say the truth. My database has about 400Gb allocated and 360Gb used. Can you tell me what is the right way to have the space occupied for each table in my database without having surprises when I go to see the REAL space occupied (which is always much more)?

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Open up the stored procedure sp_spaceused. It will give you more than enough information to answer your question.


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This was first published in July 2002

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