I used this query to find the size of the data in each of my SQL tables and then aggregate it into one number:
SELECT sum(t.totalspacemb) FROM ( SELECT t.NAME AS TableName, i.name as indexName, sum(p.rows) as RowCounts, sum(a.total_pages) as TotalPages, sum(a.used_pages) as UsedPages, sum(a.data_pages) as DataPages, (sum(a.total_pages) * 8) / 1024 as TotalSpaceMB, (sum(a.used_pages) * 8) / 1024 as UsedSpaceMB, (sum(a.data_pages) * 8) / 1024 as DataSpaceMB FROM sys.tables t INNER JOIN sys.indexes i ON t.OBJECT_ID = i.object_id INNER JOIN sys.partitions p ON i.object_id = p.OBJECT_ID AND i.index_id = p.index_id INNER JOIN sys.allocation_units a ON p.partition_id = a.container_id WHERE t.NAME NOT LIKE 'dt%' AND i.OBJECT_ID > 255 AND i.index_id <= 1 GROUP BY t.NAME, i.object_id, i.index_id, i.name) t
I've truncated millions of rows of data from a large audit table and subsequently shrunk the db and the files, but the size of the .mdf stays the same. I switched to simple logging and shrunk again which reduced the log file, but the .mdf is still the same. Why am I unable to recover the free DB space?