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Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

When I use Power BI Import (Connect to SQL Server and select Import) to get data to Power BI Desktop, is there a data volume limitation? 

I know for DirectQuery there is no data volume limitation. What about Import? Is it 1GB?

 

Thanks

Thilok

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Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

Hi @thilokg,

 

There is no volume limitation for a load for either DirectQuery or Import. DirectQuery has a limit of rows behind each visual - 1 mln, but Import has no such limit. You have a limit for Import mode - memory usage limited to your computer resources (RAM). So if you have 8 GB of RAM and your report consumes 9 GB then it will fail. You can check usage via Windows Task Manager -> Resource Monitor (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-resource-monitor-windows-7)

 

Regards,

Ruslan

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Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

Hi @thilokg,

 

There is no volume limitation for a load for either DirectQuery or Import. DirectQuery has a limit of rows behind each visual - 1 mln, but Import has no such limit. You have a limit for Import mode - memory usage limited to your computer resources (RAM). So if you have 8 GB of RAM and your report consumes 9 GB then it will fail. You can check usage via Windows Task Manager -> Resource Monitor (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-resource-monitor-windows-7)

 

Regards,

Ruslan

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Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

First of all, thanks for the quick response.

 

What do you mean by 'Import mode'? Its the same 'Import' I mentioned, right?

 

What I mean is the option next to DirectQuery (when you try to get data from a SQL Server)

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Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

@thilokg,

 

Yes. Import mode is Import (next option to DirectQuery).

 

Regards,

Ruslan

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