sp_dropdevice (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server noAzure SQL Database noAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) noParallel Data Warehouse

Drops a database device or backup device from an instance of the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine, deleting the entry from master.dbo.sysdevices.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_dropdevice [ @logicalname = ] 'device'   
    [ , [ @delfile = ] 'delfile' ]  


[ @logicalname = ] 'device' Is the logical name of the database device or backup device as listed in master.dbo.sysdevices.name. device is sysname, with no default.

[ @delfile = ] 'delfile' Specifies whether the physical backup device file should be deleted. delfile is varchar(7). If specified as DELFILE, the physical backup device disk file is deleted.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets



sp_dropdevice cannot be used inside a transaction.


Requires membership in the diskadmin fixed server role.


The following example drops the tapedump1 tape dump device from the Database Engine.

EXEC sp_dropdevice 'tapedump1';  

See also

Backup Devices (SQL Server)
Delete a Backup Device (SQL Server)
sp_addumpdevice (Transact-SQL)
sp_helpdb (Transact-SQL)
sp_helpdevice (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)