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My Server's HDD is showing 0 bytes of space

I have a Windows 2003 Server. The HDD has 2 partitions
C- Drive: Total size: 12GB obytes free
D-drive : total size 124 GB, 18 GB free.

I did already move the page file, the disk cleanup, deleting temp files and log files.

Please advise
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2 Solutions

1) Move the swap file to a different drive.
2) Move the temp directory to a different drive.
3) Minimize the size of the Internet cache file to 25 MB, and also move to a different drive
4) Remove all old Windows updates in the WinNT or Windows Dir ( hidden files )
5) Disable the System restore points

Leew, one of the key experts here has some great pointers on creating space in the system drive, perhaps with it you can create enough space.

I hope this helps !
mbhf01Author Commented:
I am already compressing the drive to save disk space. Is this a safe for my data?
As this is the only DC I have on site. I am planning to buy a new one soon
Does this run Symantec Backup Exec or AV?  (even just the Backup Exec Agent)

Restart those services if it does - clears out temporary files

Also - give yourself permissions on the System Volume Information folder - it will tell you 0 bytes if you don't have permissions (which by default you won't).  Once in there, see what might be building up.

Also, use this program to find out where all the space went:

Tree Size Free - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/TreeSizeSetup.exe

Install that to D:\ and run it to scan the C drive to tell you where all the space is being used up
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Also to expand on SysExpert's point about removing windows updates -

You are looking for the files within C:\Windows (make sure you show hidden folders and may have to unhide operating system files)  These will all begin with $KB$ or $NT$, but please DO NOT remove the $hf_mig$ folder as its important.

Also, do you have the i386 folder on there?  That should clear out at least 500mbs if you can remove that (just basically a copy of the install disk so you don't need to insert a disk everytime you add a windows component).
mbhf01Author Commented:
Should I move the i386 folder to the D-drive?
yes, please either delete it or if you like to have it, move it (can do a "shift -> drag and drop).

None of those files should be locked by the OS and it shouldn't cause any issues, its basically just a copy of the files from the install CD, pretty harmless but takes up a lot of space.

Please check C:\windows\system32\logfiles -> these can sometimes accumulate and get out of control if there's anything running on there that can log to them.  You should be able to delete those without any issue as well and free up some space.

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