The DROP TABLE statement removes an existing table along with data and table structure from the Teradata database. It removes the table structure from the data dictionary. As a result of the drop table, the table structure along with the data will be lost permanently.
Once a table is dropped, then the table cannot be recovered. So make sure, you are in the correct database before dropping a table.
Teradata DROP TABLE syntax
The syntax for Teradata DROP TABLE is as follows.
DROP TABLE database_name.tbl_name;
- database_name – The name of the parent database where the table resides.
- tbl_name – The name of the table you want to drop.
Note:- You should have DROP privileges on the table in order to drop the table.
Teradata DROP TABLE Example
You can drop a Teradata table in two ways.
The following statement drops the student table from the Teradatapoint database. Here, we are providing a fully qualified table name i.e. table name along with the database name.
DROP TABLE Teradatapoint.student;
Here we are first selecting the owner database and then issuing the DROP DATABASE statement.
DATABASE Teradatapoint; DROP TABLE student;
The same table name can be present in different databases. So, we need to make sure that we have selected the correct database before executing the DROP TABLE statement.