Low Disk Space Alert on SERVER

Posted on 2009-02-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
My SBS 2003 server sends out an email once in a while that claims there is low disk space:

The following disk is low on free disk space. Low levels of free disk space can cause performance problems and prevent users from saving files on the disk.

Drive Letter: HarddiskVolume12
Free Disk Space: 0.000000. MB
% Free Disk Space: 0.000000.%

You can disable this alert or change its threshold by using the Change Alert Notifications task in the Server Management Monitoring and Reporting taskpad.

I am pretty sure it is related to the USB drives we are using for backup. We have 3 drives that we rotate daily, so one is connected at a time. Since the server is headless the drives are never properly disconnected. From what I read unsafely removing these drives leads to this error.

1. Is there any way to eject this drive properly with no keyboard etc. (maybe an external button mapped to a command? or something.

2. How can I stop this error?

Question by:TSchug
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    Accepted Solution

    The only way you can remove the drives properly is by clicking on the safely remove hardware icon in the system tray or by reverting the disks to FAT32 - which is not practical for backups since FAT32 limits your backup file sizes to 4 GB.

    You can use Remote Desktop (mstsc /v:yourservername /admin) to connect to the console and initiate a proper disconnection.  You can disable the alert.  Or you can enable fast remove in device manager (but I don't think that option is available for NTFS formatted drives).
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    Thanks for the reply. How are other SBS users that have headless servers handling proper drive ejection?

    Remote Desktop isn't practical because the users are not tech savy. The only other idea I have would be to put an icon on the desktop of one of the workstations that will remotely launch a script on the server to eject the drive. I could just have them double click that before they go into the room and swap the drive.

    After a drive is ejected is there anyway to get it back live without physically unplugging and plugging back in -- in case they forget to change the drive after they eject.

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