Is there a free program that will tell me why my W2K Servers C Drive is being chewed up?

Posted on 2005-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have a W2K Server that is a DC that has 2Gig Partition on C and 36 on E. AD died yesterday as I was out of Diskspace on C? This has been doing fine and I have been maintaining 400 meg on C for the longest time. This occured out of the blue and I need to find some utility that will let me know what is eating it up? The page File is on E: All Temp files have been deleted. I have scanned for Viruses nothing there? Any insight to this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
Question by:mcse63
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    your problem is pretty obvious 2 gigs is WAY too small of a partition to have the 2000 OS on. just installing the OS with the patches will take more than that amount of space and that doesn't even really include the page file.  what partition is your page file on?  how big is your page file? note that in order to view the page file you have to allow hidden and system files to be shown.
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    I agree with Mikeleebrla, 2 gig is just too small. If you need to free up some space, you can delete your service pack archive files under c:\windows or c:\winnt.


    Matt Defore

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    Your right, but unfortunately this is what I have to work with? This is how it was setup when I took over. As stated before this is a DC with AD. Rebuilding the domain is not an option at this point.  Pagefile is on d and is set to 768 - 1536
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Then put AD on another disk.  Setup (if you don't already have) another DC, move the FSMO roles, create a Global Catalog (GC), then demote the problem server so it's no longer a DC. Then, promote it again.  This time, but the NTDS info on the other disk (or buy a new disk and add it to the system and put the NTDS stuff there.  Thus if you run out of space again on C:, you'll not have to worry about AD Crashing.
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    by:Leandro Iacono
    You don't really have to Setup another DC ... you can just install another HD, and move the AD Database and SYSVOL Folders ... at least thats what I remember having read about ....

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    Ok, this is great, but and I appreciate the input and will give this a shot, however is there a inexpensive or free program out there that will show me where the space is going?
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    You can always download DIRUSE (ResKit utility) and see what directories use the most space.  Then figure out what IN those directories is using that much space.

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