Out of Disk Space on C Drive

Posted on 2006-03-31
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Simply put...I am out of space on C Drive on Network Sever.    What files can I delete before I crash.....

Can I delete any files out of the Winnt/Installer folder?  What fonts is it mandatory that I keep?  What are the KBxxxx.logs and Qxxxxxx.logs in the Winnt Directory?  How do I track whatever it is that is slowly taking away my available space?  Where do I go to find out everything and anything about each folder within my Winnt Directory?  
Question by:Carol31
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    Accepted Solution

    You probably sould look at using some tools like this..

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    Assisted Solution

    you can get rid of .logs if you don't need them.


    Can I delete any files out of the Winnt/Installer folder?
    Yes if you dont' wish to have the uninstall capability.  You could move it to another drive or backup before you delete.

    What fonts is it mandatory that I keep?
    If you haven't installed any additonal fonts.. then you must keep all.  the files are small, so don't touch this.

    What are the KBxxxx.logs and Qxxxxxx.logs in the Winnt Directory?
    If you no longer need the logs, get rid of them.

    How do I track whatever it is that is slowly taking away my available space?
    You can search the entire system.  If this is NT, then you will have a 10k limit on the number of files displayed.  View contents by date and see what files are changing. The most current files are the ones to be looked after..make sure they are not system files.

    Where do I go to find out everything and anything about each folder within my Winnt Directory?
    Generally, if you have WINNT installed stock, then you don't want to touch this.  If you have WINNT\temp.. you can delete items in there.

    Lastly, you may want to consider getting another drive for your system and install/move your applications there.  Good mainenance like reviewing your event logs and save/delete themare prudent..don't forget the recycle bin and emptying that too.
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    Try this link out
    hope you got something helpful from it

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    Ouch...if you are so tight on space you want to delete font're hurting.  I doubt if you'll be able to install anything to help your situation until you manually increase space through deletion as mentioned above.

    1.  Clean the recycle bin.
    2.  Like mentioned above, get rid of logs and unnecessary .txt files.
    3.  Internet explorer > clear the cache, cookies, offline files, etc.

    IF you are able to install a program...use PowerDesk.  It provides a visual representation of size and usage.  You can export the information periodically (daily or weekly), and compare (with a spreadsheet, etc) changes.  By doing this, you will be able to isolate growth.

    If you have 4 GB on the hard drive, expansion is your best bet.

    If you have 20+ Gigs and only your server OS, there could likely be a serious problem (virus, for example).

    Applications and data should be moved to a different hard drive than the server Operating System because end users will put ANYTHING THERE.  Their favorite music, vacation pictures, databases, entire backups of their systems.

    Implemet quota managemet if you MUST have data and apps on the same drive as your server OS.
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    Assisted Solution

    To buy you some time before you buy another disk to use...

    1. Set a min and max size on your pagefile like 1024
    2. Delete the $xxxxx$ folders in the Winnt/Windows directory. (these are the files you will need to uninstall service packs.. Face it, who's gonna uninstall them?)
    3. You can delete the i386 folder if it is at the root of c:\
    4. Delete the files in the Temporary Internet folder through the Internet Properties Applet.
    5. Delete *.tmp files from the c:\documents and settings\%USERNAME%\local settings\temp\ directory... and the c:\Winnt/Windows\temp directory...

    This should keep you going for a while.

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    You can delete temp files, but I think it better to reinstall OS - on a new (cheaper and biger) disk drive.
    Then you can slave the old drive to the new.
    That way you lose no file until ready, delete as you please, and you'll also have a backup boot disk and a place to backup important files
    There are too many files to learn what each does.
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    If you are really tight for space, a good candidate for deletion is HLP files.  Ideally move them onto a CD and burn them before deletion.
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    Assuming that you have an NTFS partition, you can compress some files that you aren't using.  Select the files in Windows Explorer, right click, select Properties, click on Advanced, select Compress contents to save disk space, click Ok, click Ok.

    Also, you can use the Start, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup tool to free up all the files others have mentioned, and do widespread compression of unused files.

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    Hello carol,

    My suggestion is simple but it will surely help you free giga bytes of space.
    I have two suggestion--

    1) Do this-
        Start > All Programs> Accesories> system tools> disk cleanup
    Well clearing temporary files is one thing, but you should select your C:\ drive and when u r in select "more option", now you see system restore option, click clean up under that option.
    And then let it clean, that would take a while.
    And then cancel the program
    Go to my computer and have a look at your C :\drive space. That should do it.

    2) now you can get a little tool from here, to clear windows update logs and certain *.bak files.
    Download it here( it is very small download)

    And use cleanup option in that
    This will surely help you, it has been tested.

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    perhaps this is too obvious, and it was lightly touched on by rairdonm above ("users will put anything there...")

    Do a search for *.mp3, *.mov, *.asf, *.wmv, *.avi, *.aac, *.mpg, *.mpeg etc...

    These are music and movie files, and, while it's likely that there aren't any there, anything your end users may have put there could certainly go...

    I also agree with the above suggestion to consider expansion. Hard drives are cheap to come by (having fallen below the $1 to 1GB if you look), so a second hard drive to use for roaming profiles or additional network storage may not be a bad idea...

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    Expert Comment

    Putting a new hard drive in as a slave is a good idea.  However, many apps require a certain minimum space allocation on the primary drive for certain purposes, so even though the app may reside on the D: drive with bags of spare space, there may still be a space problem.  So it is not a good idea to install Applications on to that drive.  The slave drive idea is ideally suited to the storing of Data.  Apart from the issue at hand, if a problem arises with the pc and it needs to be reformatted, then, by taking out the Slave drive during the reformat process, it is easier to recover from such a problem.  You will need to verify where data is stored and try and get default data directories changed to the Slave drive to take advantage of the space.  Programs such as Outlook automatically install data into the primary drive, and it isn't always straightforward to get the data stored elsewhere.
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    try this out, it delete all temporary files and unused registries
    and beware as it delete files with .bak extension as well
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    Hey the simple way to free up some memory is by deleting found*****.log files, by uninstalling any unwanted software, by removing files from temp folders

    After doing all this if u can run Disk Defragment i think u may get soem breathing space, but still if you are really out of space then consider upgrading the disk to higher capacity

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    Expert Comment

    Did your system crah yet? Or were you able to free up enough temporary space from all these wonderful suggestions?
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    Assisted Solution

    Your best idea is to expand. By expanding, you save to old data, while creating a brand new area for servicing your clients. This creates less tension on the HDD. You can even use the drive as a backup drive, preventing data loss in the future.

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