What programs or files can be eliminated in wondows server 2003 to conserve hard drive space?

Due to physical space limitations, I need to reduce non-essential programs/files in Windows 2003 (R2 - Standard), and would like to know where I can find a list, or location to assist me!
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Tony JConnect With a Mentor Lead Technical ArchitectCommented:
What hardware is it?

If it's a server, with say RAID1 disks you can usually buy two higher capacity disks, swap one and wait for the rebuild then swap the other (very important to wait for the rebuild to complete) and then extend the array.

In the meantime, temp files are always a good target (open Windows Explorer and type %TEMP% in the bar).

You can sometimes reduce the pagefile a bit, but that may reduce performance.

Cached, local profiles - look for any that are unused. If you use an admin account, see if that is particularly large.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
"If it's a server, with say RAID1 disks you can usually buy two higher capacity disks, swap one and wait for the rebuild then swap the other (very important to wait for the rebuild to complete) and then extend the array."

On SOME Radi cards yes. On an awful lot NO you cant.  The theory is good but in practice you can not always do it.

A little more info would be nice....

What are you running on Server 2003 (R2)? What roles does this server do?
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Which is why I said USUALLY not ALWAYS.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
And for a bit of clarity - Dell Perc controllers have support online expansion since version 4.

Compaq/HP SMART Array Controllers since 2P

Between them, this this covers the bulk of SME server estates. As for the others...well I'd say I've quantified 'usually', no? :)
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
You can try compressing directories that has little access, delete content of temp directory, delete user profiles unused...

This depends of use of server.
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arifkayacaCommented:
I advise to you, use "Space Sniffer" program. With this program you can see which files take up a lot of room space, you can delete .temp files (NOT in windows folder) and log files related program that you don't need.

I hope this will work, good luck...


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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
The most cost effective way is not to delete anything, but to increase your disk space.

Use something like Acronis to make an image of your disk(s) replace your existing small disk with a much bigger one and then restore the Acronis disk image.

In the long term this route will save you lots of time.
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