Here’s a practical script that I built to view how much space each database object takes up in the database. The script also show you information on how many rows a table (or indexed view) contains, as well as if it’s partitioned and/or compressed.
Partitioning is not only a great way to improve performance in large tables, but you can also use it to manage the physical storage of different chunks of data without keeping it in different tables.
I sometimes want to know how my data is spread across different partitions in a table or index – after all, this can affect performance and storage a great deal, and if the data is really badly skewed, most or all of it could be stuck in a single partition, rendering the partitioning scheme pretty much useless in the first place.
You can use dynamic management views to find out how your data is spread across different partitions, and how those partitions are delimited, in “plain english”. Here’s how!