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Running out of space on System Partition

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Hi Experts,
I have a DELL Poweredge 2800 Terminal Server 2003 Standard SP2.
35 users.
C DRive is running out of space (1.5gb left out of 12gb Partition)
F Drive on same physical disk as C has 20gb left
I would like to UNINSTALL .Net 2.0 Service pack 1 as I have both .Net 2.0 and 3.0 SP1 installed.
Should I just rely on .NET 3.0??? to save install space?
Or is uninstalling 2.0 SP1 a BAD IDEA?

What is .Net 2.0 and 3.0 used for if I don't develop in .NET on this server?

Also how can I use the F Drive 20gb free and give a bit more to my C Drive, WITHOUT REINSTALLING OS????

Thanks
Miff
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P.S.
Sorry forgot to mention.....C DRIVE is severely FRAGMENTED but I cannot run DEFRAG as not enough space.
Thanks
Miff
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.NET is used for a lot of software applications.  On a Server i'm not sure what you would need it for.  Typically you don't have to install both 2 and 3 either.

Have you deleted the uninstall files from windows updates already?  You could do that to create more space, but then you of course lose the ability to uninstall.


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Well Mikealcl

I run Office 2003 on this terminal server.
WSUS told me I needed to install .Net framework 3.0 when 1.0 and 2.0 were installed already.
I was kind of expecting that 3.0 would uninstal 1.0 and 2.0....but it would appear that I have 2.0 and 3.0 currently installed.
1.0 has now disappeared from list.
No I have not deleted the Uninstall files from WU. (how do I safely do that?)
Miff
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Just as a general guideline I'll post a Link to leew's directions for having properly configured system drives. Leew is one of EE's most distinguished experts.

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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If you have an NTFS filesystem, you have 2 options I can think of.

1) Use something like Partition Magic OR GPartD boot CD, and resize the partitions. HAVE A BACKUP, just in case it breaks something.

2) Use a drive imaging/cloning program like Acronis True Image to clone to a larger drive, with proportional sizes (or manually set partition sizes), or image to a backup external drive, and then restore back to the same drive, but resize the partitions. To do this with Acronis would be a little tricky because once you'd made the backup image you'd need to delete the partitions on the original hard drive before running the restore where you can then go partition by partition and resize them.

Probably cloning to a larger hard drive is the safest. The other options are slightly risky, you might make a mistake, or a bug could happen, or a power outage at the wrong time and poof!
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by:mikainz
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What about you pagefile? Is it on your systemdrive?
You could easily move it to another local harddisk.
May save a few gigs.

 
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Pagefile is on F Drive (same physical disk diff partition)

Its looking like the $UNINSTALL folders are likely candidates for removal I am just looking at doing that safely right now...

Miff
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They can be moved to a different location and there is a registry key where you can point windows to this new location, but I can't find it now.
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If you just follow the instructions in leew's link,... everything is explained there.
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I think that this is the most comprehensive answer.
Thanks for help.
miff
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