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tpiazza55
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Posted - 11/01/2010 :  16:16:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a query that has a lot of joins on it that searches millions of records.

the majority of the searches only look through the data of the last 5 days, occasionally all the data.

what i tried to do was make a query that searches through the last 5 days data, if no records search through the all the records.

what Im finding is that the query that searches through all the reocrds is a little faster than one searching through the records with the last 5 days of data.

same query -- only difference is the additional search through the last 5 days in the where clause.

what is a good way to speed this type of scenario up?

tkizer
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Posted - 11/01/2010 :  16:17:57  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Could you post the query, DDL, plus indexes? Also could you post the execution plans of both?

Have you considered table partitioning?

Tara Kizer
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