Getting List of All Files and Their Growth Information

SQL Server defaults to growing data files by 1MB and transaction logs by 10%; neither of those are best practice.  If your database is small they don’t hurt, however as database grows and gets larger, there will be performance issues.  Growing a 1TB size database 1MB at a time is painful.  And if you have 100GB transaction log file setting it to grow by 10% can be painful also; because you might run of disk space quickly.  Another concern is any growth events take a while to execute, so we want to minimize the blocking cause by these.

Best time to grow a database is off-hours, manually, auto growth is there for emergencies not as a replacement for a DBA.  Following script helps identify databases with percent growth or growth set to 1MB.

-- SQLCanada, Mohit K. Gupta
-- Script from
-- Last Updated: May 12, 2012

  SELECT DB_NAME(database_id) AS DatabaseName,
         CASE WHEN type_desc = 'ROWS' THEN
         END AS FileType,
         name AS FileName,
         physical_name AS FileLocation,
         CASE WHEN is_percent_growth = 1 THEN
            CAST(growth AS VARCHAR) + '%'
         END AS GrowthSetting,
         CASE WHEN is_percent_growth = 1 THEN
            CAST((((size*growth)/100)*8)/1024 AS BIGINT)
            (growth * 8)/1024
         END AS GrowthSize_MB,
         DATABASEPROPERTYEX(db_name(database_id),'Recovery') AS RecoveryModel,
         DATABASEPROPERTYEX(db_name(database_id),'Collation') AS DBCollation
    FROM sys.master_files

Example Output:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.