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Difference between DELETE and TRUNCATE command in SQL Server

Below are few points that differentiate the DELETE and TRUNCATE command.

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1 This removes the rows one at a time and then records it in the transaction log for each of those deleted row. This used fewer transaction log than delete and is faster
2 This can be used with or without a Where clause This removes all rows from a table
3 Can be rolled back. Cannot be rolled back
4 It is a DML Command. It is a DDL Command.
5 When an Identity is used , it is not reset Identity is reset


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