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Windows 2000 Srvr - Free Disk Space Incorrect

Posted on 2004-09-17
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We recently moved our Exchange mail system from an older box to a new one.  Did all the necessary steps to do the move, and as true to MS, had to do some manual cleaning to get rid of Exchange even after using the Add/Remove to get rid of it.  Anyways, its gone and the new box works fine.

The issue I'm looking at now though is incorrect reporting of free space on the boot drive of that server.  Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of completely rebuilding the box, which is what I wanted to do.  So I've cleaned it up as good as I can.  If you do a properties on the C drive in My Computer, it claims to only have about 623MB free on a 3.95GB partition.  If I go to the C drive, select all of the files and folders (with all the hide files options disabled) I get  a "size on disk" being 2.66GB.  I've confirmed that number with read-only Chkdsk on the drive.

This box used to be acting as a DC, DNS and WINS server and ran Exchange.  Exchange is gone, WINS is disabled, we pulled it from being a DC last week and its only got DNS now (which will be going shortly).  Since then Crystal Enterprise 9 was installed.  Although not familiar with the product, I still can't see it chewing up space like that.

Anyways, any help on this would be great.  Thanks in advance.
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From the command prompt (start -> run -> "cmd" ) do a

chkdsk c: /f

Although this sounds like an old windows 9x command, it does the same function on a 2000 box as well.

You will probably have to reboot. During startup - windows will check the freespace being reported to the OS. You might want to change the disk to NTFS format if you haven't done so yet.
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Found an article that suggested that after posting.  Will probably have to schedule that for over the weekend (it being a live server an all).
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Been that long that I don't even remember the issue, let alone what the actual solution was.  Sorry about not closing this one before now.
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