Issue with space on Windows Server 2003 R2

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 Server that is running Windows Server 2003 R2 and it houses SQL2000 and Backup Exec., which is not being used at this time.  The SQL2000 data is spread between both the C:drive and the F:Drive.  I was told that there are 3 drives that are 40 gigs, 80 gigs and the last drive is 80 Gigs as well.  Presently there is about 2 gigs left on the c: drive and our client would like for all the data to be on one drive.  The issue, I'm being told, is that there are two raids here, one is a raid 2 and the other is raid 3.  I did not even know that you could have such a configuration on the same server...remember that there are two drives:  c: drive and e:drive.  Again the C: drive only have 2 gigs left out of 20 gigs.  and the E: drive has a capacity of 47 gigs with 17 gigs being used at the moment and SQL database sits on the C:drive and partial on the E:drive.

I think that what we are trying to accomplish here is to either get another drive or make room for additional space on either C:drive and/or move the data over to the E:drive.  Under the C:drive, and specifically under the DATA folder, there only seems to be about 4 gigs of "data".  

Your thoughts please and also include pros/cons of the suggestion.
Who is Participating?

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

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:
If you need space on the C: drive, I strongly recommend you review my article on the subject - see
I don't think you have a RAID 2 and a RAID 3. If you have a RAID setup in the server I think it more like a RAID0 ,1 or 5. To free up some space you could move the SQL databases to your E drive. Make sure you check the RAID config. if there is a RAID0 in there advise your client to switch RAID set you lose all data on a disk failure is a RAID0 configuration (same for RAID2 but I think you have a different RAID config).
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
If you can reboot the server, go into the Raid configuration (normally CTL+R) in post, and check to see exactly what raids are created and the level. The last time I looked at that model it had a Prec4i card installed. You cam also call Dell Basic Server Hardware support and they will walk you through determining the raid configuration.

Hope this helps!
If your OS is on C:, then 20 Gb is not much for Server 2003. Anytime you get below 10% free, you will see unexplained problems. Once you figure out what RAID you have and what drives, you're likely going to have to add more drive space or opt to get a new server.

Right-click "My Computer", then Manage, click "Disk Management", on the right side, see if there are any unallocated spaces you could use. I've seen cases where people forget to allocate all their drive space.

Also, download and run to see what's taking up space.

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
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I had the exact same problem a few years ago on a Dell Server running Win 2003. The client couldn't afford a new server and O/S so I ran the backup Exec Intelligent Disaster Recovery process to back up the entire server, remove all drives in the server, install new larger drives and run a IDR recovery. It worked perfect and that server is still in use today.
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
Windows Server 2003

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.