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My hard drive on our Microsoft SBS 2008 server is split into a C; and D: partition with the C: contining the all the os files and the D; all our data files.
However the C: partition is becoming very full which can of course cause the sever to crash whilst the D: partition has plenty of space.
Is there are a safe way to move the partitions so I can take some of the space on D: for C:
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by:Alan Hardisty
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You can move the WSUS database from the C drive to the D drive which should empty about 30gb of space and also delete the WSUS log files in c:\inetpub\logs\logfiles\w3svcrandomnumber (random number can be determined in IIS manager).

To move WSUS database, use the SBS console wizard.
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by:joelsplace
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Here's an article on how to move Exchange, Sharepoint and other data with built in SBS wizards.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/11/12/introducing-server-storage-management-in-sbs-2008.aspx
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by:MidlandHandling
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I believe our remote access engineers (British Telecomm) did all the above when I had the same problem this time last year. There is still a WSUS folder (4GB) on C: but has not been updated since Mar 2010 whereas the WSUS on D: has. Noit quite sure how C: keeps filling up as I have not put any new appications or data in here. All folders on C; copntain less than 1gb except Prgram Files (5GB), Prgram Files X86 (12.2GB), Program Data (Hidden 6GB) Windows (10GB) and WSUS (4GB),
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by:noxcho
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Take a screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here.
You can do the resize several ways:
-using free tool such as PartedMagic 5 (works from boot CD only, open source thus you use it on your risk only) http://partedmagic.com/download.html
-you can use commercial version such as Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server (includes both backup and partitioning tools plus virtualizatoion) www.partition-manager.com
-You can copy out data from D: partition to another drive temporarily. Delete D: partition. Then in Windows Disk Management right click on C: - select Extend partition and extend it as much as you want. Then recreate D: on left free space and copy data back to it.
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by:Donald Stewart
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by:Donald Stewart
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Also if WSUS was moved to D: you can then safely delete the WSUS folder on C:.


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by:Philip Elder
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Besides the WSUS IIS logs folder the Volume Shadow Copy snapshots are stored on C: or other partition if set to do so.

Change your VSS settings for C: to a lower number.

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by:joelsplace
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I would delete the old WSUS data and use WinDirStat to see where space is being used.
You could also try using msizap to cleanup old installer info.  You'll want to verify it works on 2008.
msizap instructions:
http://thebackroomtech.com/2009/01/19/howto-use-msizap-to-remove-orphaned-cached-windows-installer-data-files-to-increase-free-disk-space/
noxcho's post is excellent if you do want to resize.  I would use the last option as the safest.  I've used all three and would want a good backup for the first two.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Reading Leew's article here will also give you some of the best advice


http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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by:MidlandHandling
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Screenshot of WIndows Disk Management (Iassume this is what you mean). Of course the partitions are C; and F; not C and d: as previously mentioned.  Screenshot Screenshot2
I will look at deleting the orginal WSUS folder then. I assume it is safe at this point it contains a folder named SUSDB whilst the copy on F: contains folder WSUS Content and Update Service Packages?
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by:Donald Stewart
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First ensure that the SUSDB has been moved as well
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by:MidlandHandling
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Does that have to be done through SBS console or can it just be copy and pasted?
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by:noxcho
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Right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management. This will show if you have single HDD with two partitions on it or 2 HDDs with single partitions on each.
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Windows Disk Management
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Don't you get this screen?
Computer-Management.jpg
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I did but somehow attached wrong pic, apologies! WDM
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Unable to connect into SQL Server Mangement Express Studio image
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Already was, should VIA be enabled?

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by:noxcho
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Wow!!!! 60GB for system partition must be more than enough. I doubt you need to resize it. Just move as much staff from C: to F: drive.
Use tool such as windirstat to see what is taking most of the space.
http://windirstat.info/
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It apperas all to be in winsxs in windows and SQL Server and Symantec in Program Files
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by:noxcho
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How much is in Symantec? I hope you did not take backup with Symantec to Program Files folder.
As for winsx, it is explained good here: http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/24/the-winsxs-folder-explained/
Now difference that you have Server. It is the same OS.
And SQL, you need to find a way to move SQL databases off the C: drive.
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by:connectex
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I think 60GB is a tight fit. Once you install most backup and anti-virus software it's full. Most recommend 80-100GB for the system partition. Plus I recommend moving the Exchange transport queues and print spooler to another drive. Also you will probably want to automate the removal or arching or the IIS log files.
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by:MidlandHandling
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Thanks for everyones help above. I finally managed to move the WSUS, SUSDB database onto F: and disabled the shadowcopies and re-enabled them on F: That has given me a comfortable 13GB space on C:. What is a little worrying is that now I have 139GB free on F: whereas on Friday there was only 72.44. How is that possible?

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It seems to me that disabling and re-enabling shadow copies did this trick. Were these shadow copies taken to C: or F:? IMHO this would explain why do you have this free space now on F: drive.
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by:MidlandHandling
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Previously shadow copies were enabled for C: to store on C: but copies for F: were disabled. Now I have re-enabled C: to store on F: but have kept F: as disabled!

I will not worry too much, the server is running faster and more responsive as well so hopefully done the trick!
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by:noxcho
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You have Paging file on F: but I doubt it would take almost 60GB space. Maybe you had Exchange logs on F: drive and zeroed them somehow during Exchange database moving (do you have Exchange there at all?).
But the snapshot reason is mostly possibly. Old snapshots are deleted when you pointed C: snapshots to F:
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