CHECKDB’s Hidden Snapshot

I am in the middle of some research regarding CHECKDB and learnt something new. From SQL Server 2014 onwards the database snapshot that is used to get to a transactionally-consistent point-in-time is no longer hidden.

To understand the behavior prior to 2014 I am going to quote Paul Randal here – he states “ As the database snapshot is hidden, there is no control over where the snapshot files are placed – in fact they are created as alternate streams of the files comprising the source database” (

In SQL Server 2014 things have changed – it is not hidden and it doesn’t use alternate streams.


Checking the location where the data files reside we can see the snapshot.


This disappears once CHECKDB finishes.


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