Low disk space - SBS 2003 - windows updates

Morning guys

I am running fairly low on disk space C (Raid 5) with around 1 gig remaining and dropping with updates being downloaded.

I have disabled the updates for the time being and moved some large files and SQL databases to another drive...

My question is, there seems to be large amount of windows update folders in the C: windows drive location.

Is it safe to delete these files? I have read conflicting reports, some saying its ok as long as you dont want to remove the updates from the system, others saying that it could result in the OS becoming unstable.

Any views and suggestions are welcomed...

Cheers.
LVL 1
dalewrightAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should be able to delete the old Windows Update $NTUNinstall folders.  I would suggest reviewing this link:
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
0
mkuehngoeCommented:
which size has the partition? You may look with 'treesize'
http://www.jam-software.de/freeware/
if there is any other stuff eating up your space.
And I think leew is right, you can delete those folders.
0
music2myear1Commented:
So long as you've rebooted once since the packages corresponding to the uninstall directories have been installed, it should be safe to delete.

You must keep in mind, though, that those packages contain the uninstall routines for the updates, and removing them may make it difficult to uninstall updates to have cause problems.

Other things you should check are whether you have hibernation enabled. It's generally not needed in servers. But if there is a large Hiberfil.sys hidden/system file in the root of your drive, disable hibernation to make it go away. Also, download and run CleanUp! by Steven Gould. It is my go-to for freeing up space on the system. It will empty all temp directories for every profile on the system as well as recent file lists, cookies, and any files inside any folders named "temp".

Check how much space is being used for your pagefile (virtual memory) and see if shrinking that is an option.

And if you're running an NTFS file system, check that compression is enabled on the C drive. I've had that alone save me a couple gigabytes when applied.
0
Protecting & Securing Your Critical Data

Considering 93 percent of companies file for bankruptcy within 12 months of a disaster that blocked access to their data for 10 days or more, planning for the worst is just smart business. Learn how Acronis Backup integrates security at every stage

shaynegCommented:
just sort the files in date order and delete the updates that are over 1 month old!!
0
dalewrightAuthor Commented:
Hey guys

Cheers for the info... The link from leew was good..

I have done the following:

* Changed the spool location
* Cut and Copied files and foldes for WSUS and put them on a different drive
* Cleaned down IIS logs
* Checked the Exchange databases and there is over 3 gig, so going to move these drives to another  location
* going to look into hibernation now
I am a bit unsure about the compression of the C: drive. Whats the potential issues with doing so?

Cheers for the info guys.
0
music2myear1Commented:
I never experienced a downside to the compression on my workstation, and tended to leave it on for it's benefits.

It is only very minimal compression.

If absolute top speed is an absolute priority, then don't run it.

But if you're looking for space, compression will help far more than it hurts.
0
dalewrightAuthor Commented:
Cheers Music

Gents, when you say Hibernation, i assume your talking about power options? if not, can some one please clarify.

Cheers
0
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
dalewright,

Compression is covered in the link I provided.  Is there something in its description that confuses you?  Or did you not read it?

Yes, Hibernation in power options - again covered in the link.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
dalewrightAuthor Commented:
Still low on space. Around 1.6 has been eaten in the last week and i cant find a reason for it.

I read about conflicting posts on C:\WINDOWS\Installer files. There is around 10gig stored here, any views or ideas?
0
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
SBS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.