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Supplementing to @MaxVernon's answer, there are some optimizations that you can do : Use different filegroup for staging tables and make sure the filegroup is on a different physical drive (or LUN). Use Instant File Initialization as well as have a proper autogrowth setting. I have a handy script to analyze autogrowth events. Since you will be emptying the ...


Putting those staging tables on their own filegroup allows you to do piece-meal restores. This helps get the database up-and-running more quickly in the event of a disaster recovery effort. Having those tables in their own filegroup will allow you to place them on their own set of disks which may increase performance.

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