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Backup with compression wierd size

DerekgDerekg Posts: 11
edited December 6, 2010 7:07PM in SQL Backup Previous Versions
I have many DB's being backed up with level 4 compression. All the backup files appear to have normal sizes (ie 80-90% compressed) however one database takes a very long time to backup and only appears to be 20-30% compressed over regular SQL 2005 backups.

What would cause this behavior?

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    peteypetey Posts: 2,358 New member
    Highly possible that the data in that database is not very compressible, e.g. perhaps it's already been compressed or it's encrypted.

    A simple test to check if this is the case is to take a regular backup, and try compressing the backup file using a regular compression app e.g. Winzip or 7-zip, and compare the compression ratio with that of SQL Backup.

    Thanks.
    Peter Yeoh
    SQL Backup Consultant Developer
    Associate, Yohz Software
    Beyond compression - SQL Backup goodies under the hood, updated for version 8
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