How to free up more space on windows 2000 server partition

The C: driver has only about 300MB left. It is running windows 2000 server. I tried the Disk Cleanup, and I also delete the internet temperory files and cookies. There are only 50MB more space. The winnt folder is so big. Is there any other way to free up more space? I saw a lot of "$NTuninstallKB#$ folders under winnt directory. I think those are used only when people want to uninstall patches, right? Can I delete those?

Thanks a lot.
amphastarAsked:
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Nirmal SharmaConnect With a Mentor Solution ArchitectCommented:
Here it is: -

See and delete the following: -

1. First count the the size of Documents and Settings directory. So you have directories like: -

All Users                       Is needed only when a new user is created and logs on the server
Default Users                 Is needed only when a new user is created and logs on the server
Your_profile                   Check the size of your profile and try to delete Temp files and other things you have such as  
                                    Temporary Internet Files.

and other user profiles.   Delete if not needed.

2. Secondly search for the *.TMP, *.JPG, *.BMP, *.DAT, *.AVI etc files to delete them because server doesn't require these files.

3. Now come to WINNT folder here you can delete a lot. From WINNT folder look for the following directories:  -

\WINNT\$NtServicePackUninstall$              These are service pack files if you have installed. Simply cut and paste to a safe location. Windows does not use these files.

\WINNT\INF folder                                    This folder is required only when you install a new device. So for temporary purpose you can cut and paste this folder to a safe location.

\WINNT\Temp                                          Delete all the files in this directory. This is a temp directory used by applications or programs to store temp files.

\WINNT\System32\Dllcache                       A big directory that holds all DLLs and System files. You can move this directory and free some space.

I think using above you can free upto 800 MB of space in your C drive.

Tell me the size of the following so i can tell you what else you can remove: -

\Documents and Settings\user_name
\WINNT
\WINNT\System32 folder

Let me know.

Thanks
SystmProg
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You are generally correct about the NTUninstall folders.  I generally remove any older than 9 months.

In addition, if you have another partition (hard disk drive letter), move the page file off the C: drive and on to the other drive.  You can do that via the system control panel.
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Leew. I did try to move the page file on to the other drive. But the system gave me a warning that some services need to use the pagefile on C: drive. If I proceed, those services will be terminated. After I changed the page file drive, I didn't see any strange things happen.  However, I still need more space, is there any other way to free up more space on C:?

Thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Really depends what you have running on the server.  You could uninstall and reinstall applications to a new drive.
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JConchieCommented:
You can take all the NT Uninstall folders...even the ones that are current....and move them to another partition...or even burn them to CD........and just move them back as needed if you ever have to uninstall an update.  Don't worry about the paging file message.

Also, right click on "start" and click Explore......it will open in "Documents and Settings" of the profile that you are logged in as...which should be your admin account.....if there are any other user profiles listed in Documents and Settings, delete them all....that can often get you a lot of space on C.

Also go to start/search and do a search on *.tmp and on *.bak   and dump anything that the search finds on those files.
 
Leww has a good point about apps......If you have applications of any size (the add and remove programs list in the control panel will give you file sizes), for example, MS office....uninstall them and re-install on a different partition.

MS Good practice is to partition a server or workstation drive into 3 volumes....on our machines we use  C= "OS ONLY", an "Apps" volume and a "Local Data" volume.  That way you leave lots of room for the OS to work.....and, in the event that you loose the OS, you can nuke "C" and do a clean reinstall without losing data.
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nedvisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
 "$NTuninstallKB#$ folders are all good candidates for deletion.
   If you're running MS Exchange look for files with  *.BAD  extension in file names end delete them ( you may reclaim hundreds of megabytes of disk space).
Excellent free hard-disk and registry cleaners are :
CCleaner : < http://www.ccleaner.com >
BeClean : < http://boozet.xepher.net/beclean/download.htm >
Dustbuster  http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22384,00.asp
MRU Blaster  http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html
Install and use them in the order they are listet here.
I've had no issue with them on my Windows 2000 Small Business Server

Later you can also move somewhere else /i386 folder ( OS installation files). Purging drivers cache folder might help too.

good luck
 nedvis

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JConchieCommented:
Can't agree that you should blythly delete uninstall files....there are plenty of reasons why you may need to get rid of an update...or even a service pack...and if you don't have the uninstals, your only option may be a nuke 'n pave and a clean install of the OS....which means you will also be re-installing all your apps.....far better to move the uninstals somewhere that you can get them back if you need them....another volume, tape backup...or as I said above, even burn them to cd.....but deleting them is a move you could well regret.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
>  Can't agree that you should blythly delete uninstall files
Exactly why I only do it if the files are 9+ months old.  By then the updates are good or you've uninstalled them.
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JConchieCommented:
No arguement there, leew, my caveat was directed at the first sentence in the remarks from Nedvis
Regards
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
no problem, just wanted to clarify my line of thinking on this.
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
After I moved the $NTuninstall$ folder, INF fold, Dllcache folder, and deleted .tmp files, the C: drive increased from 352MB to 784MB. (Some files in INF and Dllcache can't be moved because there is share violation error).
There is no other user's folder under \Documents and Settings.
The size for \WINNT is 979MB
The size for \WINNT\System32 is 421MB.

I will try the register cleaner now.
Is there any more space that can be free up
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JConchieCommented:
SystmProg,
Nice of you to repeat everything previously said....just in case of it got missed the first time, I gather......

You don't see any potential problems in moving the Dllcache?  Apps that suddenly don't work?, OS losing functionality?
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
What is the capacity of C partition?
What is the size of \Documents and Settings folder?

JConchie,

I have to worry when i type something over here. I just forogot to pronounce your name in my thread. It's a mistake done by me. I say sorry.

>>>You don't see any potential problems in moving the Dllcache?  Apps that suddenly don't work?, OS losing functionality?

Are you pointing this line to my thread?

Thanks for letting me know.
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
The c partition totally has 4.99GB
the \Documents and Settings has 595MB. It is strange that the \All Users folder takes up about 590MB space.
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Ok, That means your profile is of 5 MB only? let me know. Do one thing........free some more space by moving "All User" folder to other partition. You can't move it because by default it is protected by some registry settings. Navigate to this location in registry: -

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList, in Right Pane you will see two or more entries for these folders: -

AllUsersprofile="All Users"

Name this to something else and then cut and paste this folder to safe location.
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JConchieCommented:
Amphastar,
Expand the all users and check the properties of each folder to determin size....somewhere in there, probably in "documents"
is something sizable that you don't need.....probably in documents/Dr Watson you will find a bunch of logs you don't need.
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JConchieCommented:
also any .dmp files in the Dr Watson folder not needed unles you are dealing with a current issue.
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
I just checked. There are a lot of catalogs#.FDD files (about 17MB each) under
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup.
Totally about 570MB. I think they are related to the NTbackup program since I use tape backup everyday on this server. Are they required?

Thanks
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JConchieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
They will come in handy if you ever have to do a restore...it will save you the time it will take to run a catalog on each tape you use...Backup needs to know the tape contents before it can do a restore...but you can certainly dump any of them that are older than your tape overwrite cycle....if you are rotating through a set of tapes and then re-using them after 1-2 weeks, dump anything older than that....and you can move the newer ones to a different partiton...or onto cd
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Move the full folder to a safe location.
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
That is good. Then I can free up about 500MB space. Is it possible to change the registry so that the catalog files will be saved on to different drive?
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
I have never worked on catalog in registry. I will see and will let you know but moving the full folder will do the same job for you.

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amphastarAuthor Commented:
I got one more question here. Why I don't have any catalog files for last month? Is it because of the limited space or the backup settings?
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amphastarAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much for all your help
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Nirmal SharmaSolution ArchitectCommented:
Thank You.
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