Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

How to free space on C partition on Windows 2003- Is it safe to delete the files in Temp folder

Posted on 2013-02-03
12
Medium Priority
?
899 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-19
Hi

We have windows 2003 server, which we use as file server and the space on C is very low. Is it safe to delete the files and folders within the Temp folder  which is under.  

C:\Windows\Temp

If I delete the files and folders within the Temp folder , will there be any problem with windows functionality.

Any ideas much appreciated

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:lianne143
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • +4
12 Comments
 
LVL 100

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 600 total points
ID: 38849354
A safer way is to run Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup is normally in System Tools, but it could be in Accessories or Administrative Tools.  

Disk Cleanup will remove a lot of old files that can safely be deleted.

Once done, check the size of your shadow storage to see if it is taking a lot of space.

... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
Aeriden earned 200 total points
ID: 38849363
Yes, it is generally safe to remove files within c:\windows\temp on servers and workstations.  If there is a potential concern (such as someone or an application being "silly" and creating a dependency within this folder), move these files to another volume for safe keeping for a period of time (the latter is especially desirable if you are unfamiliar with the system).
0
 
LVL 88

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 600 total points
ID: 38849369
Check leew's instructions in the link below, it explains all you should do to properly maintain your OS partition for a server OS (he's one of EE's top experts):

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
0
Free learning courses: Active Directory Deep Dive

Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices with Veeam! Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered.

 

Author Comment

by:lianne143
ID: 38849485
0
 
LVL 100

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 600 total points
ID: 38849503
Try Disk Cleanup as I suggested. I delete files from c:\windows\temp myself but I generally recognize them. I want you to safely delete first.

.... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 88

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 600 total points
ID: 38849509
Try again later. Sometimes his site isn't properly accessible.
0
 

Author Comment

by:lianne143
ID: 38849534
I tried to do Disk clean up through System tools. There were 10,235KB on Compress Old files. Is it safe to delete compress old files through disk clean.

Thanks
0
 
LVL 100

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 600 total points
ID: 38849543
I do not compress old files. Disk Clean will delete temporary files including in windows temp.

Compressing old files compresses old ordinary files. I do not like this to happen.

So if (excluding compress old files) Disk Cleanup did not reclaim much space, you need to see what is taking the space.

For this, I use TreeSize (Jam Software). TreeSize is top notch for this and will show you where the space is being used. You can start right away with a trial version.
.... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:Pramod Ubhe
Pramod Ubhe earned 200 total points
ID: 38850256
Yes, it is safe to delete the contents of C:\Windows\Temp
also you can delete the contents of C:\recycler (these are the files contained in recycle bin)
and check user profiles in c:\documents and settings (check for old profile or known profiles those can be deleted).

The best way is to analyze C: drive using a tool like TreeSize (http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml) and decide the things that you don't want on c: drive.
0
 
LVL 5

Assisted Solution

by:vin_shooter
vin_shooter earned 200 total points
ID: 38850897
Restart Background intelligence transfer service which will free some disk space, if you still require more disk space can delete the older files in c:\temp manually.

type services.msc in RUN and check for background intelligence transfer service then restart the same to compact the disk space..,
0
 
LVL 26

Assisted Solution

by:Leon Fester
Leon Fester earned 200 total points
ID: 38850958
Here's what Microsoft says you can do to reclaim disk space:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956324
0
 
LVL 88

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 600 total points
ID: 38855648
leew's site is finally working again, so check it out.
0

Featured Post

Get your Disaster Recovery as a Service basics

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one go-to solution that revolutionizes DR planning. Implementing DRaaS could be an efficient process, easily accessible to non-DR experts. Learn about monitoring, testing, executing failovers and failbacks to ensure a "healthy" DR environment.

Question has a verified solution.

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

The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
A safe way to clean winsxs folder from your windows server 2008 R2 editions
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This tutorial will show how to configure a new Backup Exec 2012 server and move an existing database to that server with the use of the BEUtility. Install Backup Exec 2012 on the new server and apply all of the latest hotfixes and service packs. The…

578 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