How to Delete SQL Server Database Transaction Log File

In some case, the Microsoft SQL Server Database Transaction Log (.LDF) file becomes very huge.
It’s wasting lot of disk space and causing some problems if you want to backup and restore the database.
We can delete log file and create a new log file with the minimum size.
To delete log files, follow the Steps given below:

  1. Backup the database
  2. Detach the database

Right-click on the database => Tasks => Detach


3. Delete or rename the big log file (path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA)

4. Attach the database again
Right-click Databases => Attach


On Attach Database box, click Add…


Browser to the database (.mdf) file then click OK


Select the log (.ldf) file then click Remove


Finally click OK.

You can see the new log file with the minimum size.

new log file

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