Solved

move paging file

Posted on 2012-03-28
8
200 Views
Last Modified: 2012-04-19
Will moving the paging file from the c drive to the d drive or an external usb drive free up space on the c drive?  If so, how would I go about doing this.  My problem is I am running out of free space on c drive and I cannot run ntbackup and save a system state backup.  
This is for a Windows SBS 2003
0
Comment
Question by:mkramer777
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
8 Comments
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
Apothis earned 500 total points
ID: 37778198
If you right click on My computer and go to properties, On the Advanced Tab, Click "Settings" under the Performance section. Then again on the advanced Tab, Virtual memory will be at the bottom, Click "Change".

From here, you can select the drive letter, and the amount of paging file for each drive. I would recommend keeping the paging file on the C: drive at at least 200 MB.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Apothis
ID: 37778218
I forgot to answer the first part of the question. Yes, it will free up space, but performance will be an issue if the drive you are moving it to is slower, particularly, I would never move it to an external drive.
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:Paul MacDonald
ID: 37778222
Yes, it will save space, but...
...are you trying to put your backups on your C: drive?
0
Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.

 

Author Comment

by:mkramer777
ID: 37778864
All I need to do is run ntbackup and get a current system state.  I am moving to a new server on Friday.  It will not let me do this because of an error.  Not enough disk space.  I am trying to put backups on a network drive or a usb drive.  Neither has worked.  Any guess how much space I will gain if I move the paging to the d drive?  Will it be minimal?
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:Paul MacDonald
ID: 37778922
Depends on the size of the paging file.  The system properties [Apothis] alluded to will tell you how much space it's using.  You can also perform a Disk Cleanup (don't compress anything), and generally go around looking for stuff you can get rid of.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Apothis
ID: 37778942
If it's not going to be a production server for long, and as long as it has enough RAM that it won't croak without a paging file, you could get rid of it all together, not keeping the 200 MB min i mentioned.
0
 

Author Comment

by:mkramer777
ID: 37778949
I have about 1.20 gb worth of space on drive c.  Shouldn't this be enough to do a system state backup? Maybe something else is preventing it.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Apothis
ID: 37779022
If it's telling you space is the issue, you could uninstall any programs that aren't needed, delete any unneeded profiles from C:\Documents and Settings, delete documents and desktop from the admin account. It really depends on what's all on there. If you can or already have migrated some other data off the server, you can trash it on this one.

If you're trying to use the system state backup to move AD to another box, i wish you the best of luck. In my experience, its far easier to just set everything back up from scratch, or use Acronis to move everything to another box in one fell swoop (saving the backup to an external drive).
0

Featured Post

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

A lot of problems and solutions are available on the net for the error message "Source server does not meet minimum requirements for migration" while performing a migration from Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008. This error pops up just before …
Because virtualization becomes more and more common, and, with Microsoft Hyper-V included in Windows Server at no additional costs, and, most server hardware nowadays is more than capable of running a physical Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 or 201…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
This video shows how to quickly and easily add an email signature for all users on Exchange 2016. The resulting signature is applied on a server level by Exchange Online. The email signature template has been downloaded from: www.mail-signatures…

803 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