Solved

Partition Size Issues on Windows Server 2003

Posted on 2011-02-21
6
233 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I inherited a Windows Server 2003 that had been repurposed as a terminal server.   The C drive is only 12 GB and I'm constantly having issues with lack of storage...no surprise here I suppose.
I'd like to avoid rebuilding the server.

The curious thing is that I am only picking up about 8.4 GB of storage on the C drive but the OS is telling me I only have 300 MB of storage available.   Not sure where the other 3 GB is.  The page file is on the D drive and there is no shadowing turned on.   I get this result through My Computer and TreeSize Free.

Any idea where the additional 3GB of space is?

Looking at the Dell SAS RAID Manager I see that the drive is configured as one large RAID 1(150GB).   Windows reports that C and D are on the same basic disk.  Dell has a partion moving tool.   Has anyone used their tool for this?   Is there an economical commercial tool that you would recommend?

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:kdubendorf
6 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Ernie Beek
ID: 34943689
You could have a look at gparted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ I am quite happy about that, even when working with servers.
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:cjrmail2k
ID: 34943807
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm

works for me...easy to use. Do NOT install it though. Also make sure you have a full backup first no matter what tool you use.
0
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
PowerEdgeTech earned 500 total points
ID: 34944183
First, take a look at leew's article on cleaning up your C: drive - there is some good stuff there.
http://www2.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp

I've used Dell's ExtPart several times - it works the same as Windows DiskPart, but it can extend system drives too.  You can also use a 2008/Vista/7 DVD to extend it.  You must however, first delete the adjacent partition (D:) as you can only extend into Unpartitioned Space.

There are utlities (like Acronis Disk Director) that can resize while keeping information intact, but they are generally expensive.
0
VMware Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

In this expert guide, you’ll learn about the components of a Modern Data Center. You will use cases for the value-added capabilities of Veeam®, including combining backup and replication for VMware disaster recovery and using replication for data center migration.

 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:kdubendorf
ID: 35017451
Thank you.  I'm looking at leew's article now.   Do you know of any explanation of why Windows reports 12.0 GB of disk, Treesize free shows 8.5 GB of files.   I would think there would be 3 GB of space free?
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:cjrmail2k
ID: 35018746
are you showing hidden and system files? Are you using a backup solution? I found some files that were created by netbackup pro, they were hidden ans system files. It was something to do with using Netbackups shadow copy rather than VSS.
0
 
LVL 4

Author Comment

by:kdubendorf
ID: 35019069
Yes I'm showing both hidden and system.   This is a terminal server, in an SBS 2003 environment.   Do you think it could be the offline caching of the "My Documents" files that are stored in the Windows folder?   I can't find them yet but when I looked at defragmenting the C drive it pointed to files stored in a MyDocuments share that I haven't been able to look at.
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Preface Having the need * to contact many different companies with different infrastructures * do remote maintenance in their network required us to implement a more flexible routing solution. As RAS, PPTP, L2TP and VPN Client connections are no…
ADCs have gained traction within the last decade, largely due to increased demand for legacy load balancing appliances to handle more advanced application delivery requirements and improve application performance.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview how to record your screen with Microsoft Expression Encoder. This program is still free and open for the public to download. This will be demonstrated using Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question