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Server 2003 32Bit. Nothing installed on OS drive, 12GB partition will less then 1GB free and shrinking. I have moved several GB of data off the OS drive such as the $NTUNINSTAL... files. I have:
4GB in the  \Windows\Installer folder
1.3GB in the \Windows\Servicepackfiles and \windows\Softwaredistibution folders
8.8GB total for the \windows folder
1.4GB in \Program files folder: Basically SQL Server

How can I resize this partition w/o a wipe or free up some space w/o constantly managing the drive?
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You can't resize an OS partition without a wipe. Here are some alternatives.

You could try moving the page file to another locally attached partition. Usually the page file takes at least 1 GB usually much more. AND/OR you could move the SQL database files and log files.

If you could answer these questions:
1. Do you have more than one partition?
2. How much RAM is in the server
3. SQL is installed, How many Databases? Which SQL version.

To move the page file.
Right click My Computer, select Properties, Advanced Tab, Click Settings in Performance section, then click Advanced Tab. Click Change on the Virtual Memory section.
Here you can move the entire page file to D but you will sacrafice your crash dump file in the event of a system crash. Or you can make the C: page file smaller, like 500 MB and make a larger one on the other partition. Usually you want at least 1.5x your RAM.

To move the SQL logs you should use the MS KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224071
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I have 4GB of data in this folder:
C:\WINDOWS\Installer\

I have a 12GB drive. The windows directory is 9GB
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This will help you some(even though its geared towards xp)
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