I have a Database that is corrupted, backup and restore does not work, the table contains 180 million records with a total size of 1TB.

I need to copy the data from the table to another, but it is very slow because the tables contain 3 columns with VARCHAR, I've already tried Linked Server, Bulk copy, BCP and SSIS, but they are all taking a long time, to copy 50 million records It's taking 30 hours.

I did the test without the 3 VARCHAR(MAX) columns and it runs very fast.


    Column_1 [bigint] NOT NULL,
    Column_2 [varchar](50) NOT NULL,
    Column_3 [datetime] NOT NULL,
    Column_4 [varchar](39) NULL,
    Column_5 [int] NULL,
    Column_6 [varchar](100) NULL,
    Column_7 [varchar](100) NULL,
    Column_8 [int] NULL,
    Column_9 [varchar](30) NULL,
    Column_10 [int] NULL,
    Column_11 [varchar](100) NULL,
    Column_12 [varchar](100) NULL,
    Column_13 [int] NULL,
    Column_14 [varchar](30) NULL,
    Column_15 [int] NULL,
    Column_16 [varchar](30) NULL,
    Column_17 [varchar](250) NULL,
    Column_18 [int] NULL,
    Column_19 [varchar](30) NULL,
    Column_20 [varchar](250) NULL,
    Column_21 [varchar](max) NULL,
    Column_22 [varchar](max) NULL,
    Column_23 [varchar](max) NULL

Is there another way to do this procedure faster?


  • Do you need to copy them off the server? Or would it be ok to copy them to another database on the same server?
    – J.D.
    Nov 14 at 16:07
  • Using SSIS package learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/integration-services/… Using Nifi Using ODBC connection, like C# apps, middle ware or other solution Nov 14 at 16:21
  • @J.D. If it's faster, it could be on the same server.
    – Carlos D
    Nov 14 at 16:26
  • 1
    It absolutely is faster to not move data across servers.
    – J.D.
    Nov 14 at 16:46
  • 1
    Fastest is going to be on the same instance, but between two databases stored on different drives. Nov 15 at 16:11


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