Safe to delete CiFiles to save space?


I have a server that I'm trying to keep on life support.  :-)  Right now, I have 25 MB of space on C:\ and I'm trying desperately to find ways to get space.  I've deleted and moved the Win service pack and hotfix files.  I notice I have some big .ci files.  Apparently they're index files.  I've shut off the search indexer, now I'm wondering if it's safe to delete these gigs of .ci files.  Any help would be much appreciated.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you're sure, it's always better to MOVE or RENAME before you delete.

But if you need space on C:, I would suggest reviewing my page on Boot Drive Size:
mlamartinaAuthor Commented:
Thanks Leew, but all the suggestions you've made I have already done.  But thanks for the suggestion!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Really?  You moved the ServicePackFiles Folder?  

What is on the C: drive now?  How large is it?

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mlamartinaAuthor Commented:

There were multiple answers to my problem.  The .ci files I originally mentioned could not be deleted and were locked.  Therefore, I started to look for other answers.  The root cause of my problem was related to the .ci files, however.  The Windows Search 4.0 was making index files that kept growing and growing.  On an older server, where the C:\ drive being 12 GB was plenty, this started to cramp our space.  The end result was uninstalling Search 4.0 and rebooting, which freed up a bit of space in itself.

However, I will award you points because I looked at the ServicePackFiles folder and registry reference your site made and performed the change.  That freed up a nice 700 MB for me - which doesn't sound like a lot, but when you go from 15 MB free on C:\ to 1.75 GB free, that's big.

So thank you for your help.  Very nice site on saving space!  Have a good one, my friend.
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