SQL Server :: Storing Files In A SQL Database?

Aug 16, 2010

Have a question about the best approach for file storage in a SQL database. I have a table called Widgets, and each row in the Widgets table can have multiple files. I also have another table called Extensions, and again each record in this table can have many files.

Here is what I am considering:

Approach #1:


That approach is very simple and easy to use, but I feel that I could merge the two file tables into one, then use lookup tables:

Approach #2:


The thing is, there are no duplicate or shared files between the two types of objects. So even though I feel better about approach #2, I am concerned that I may be adding additional complexity (and using more server resources to perform the joins), than needed.

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