Using reservepagegap

Commands that use large amounts of space allocate new space by allocating an extent rather than allocating single pages. The reservepagegap keyword causes these commands to leave empty pages so that future page allocations take place close to the page that is being split, or to the page from which a row is being forwarded.

The reservepagegap value for a table is stored in sysindexes, and is applied when the locking scheme for a table is changed from allpages locking to data-only locking, or vice versa. To change the stored value, use sp_chgattribute before running alter table.

reservepagegap specified with the clustered keyword on an allpages-locked table overwrites any value previously specified with create table or alter table.