Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Windows Server 2003 - File Server System

Posted on 2013-02-04
8
Medium Priority
?
683 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-05
We have a Windows Server 2003 and it's hosting users' folders.  We are running out of disk space all of a sudden, and we've just found out that there's a "System Volume Information" directory that takes up 120GB of the disk space, with all the files in this structure "{b8eb2f0a-44e5-11e2-8f4e-0024e852fa77}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}"... there are close to 200 files similar to this.  Should I or can I delete these file?  Please advise.  Thanks.

p.s. I think these files are for restoring purposes, but we already have a backup solution in place that does all the backup/restore users' files or folders.
0
Comment
Question by:swgit
8 Comments
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:EMJSR
ID: 38852404
You can limit the space used for the System Restore options. Have a look in the configuration for the System Restore and move the slider for the respective drive to a lower setting.

Additionaly go to the HDD Properties (from Windows Explorer) and check the "Shadow Copies" tab. You may have Volume Shadow Copies enabled which essentially will store several previous versions of files. If you turn that down a little (I wouldn't turn it off), so it saves fewer copies, you should be able to free up some space.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:swgit
ID: 38852932
We do not use Shadow Copies.  I just want to make sure that deleting the extra old {xxx##xxx-xxx#####x#-xxx###xxx} files are okay.  Thanks.
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:EMJSR
EMJSR earned 501 total points
ID: 38852955
I don't see why not. But I would not delete them manually. I would run the Disk Cleanup wizard (cleanmgr.exe) and do it that way. Just to make sure Windows removes those files properly.
0
NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

 
LVL 96

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 501 total points
ID: 38853370
I don't know why you wouldn't want to use shadow copies - it's an immensely useful feature and has saved people hours of problems and hassles of going to take.  

You do not want to be manually deleting anything in the System Volume Information folder.  If you want to disable shadow copy, disable it.  If you want to keep it (I recommend you do) you can move it to another drive.  The move isn't really a move though - it's more a disable/re-enable and place on another drive letter (you can't actually "move" in the strictest sense - when you disable and re-enable, you end up destroying all previous shadow copies.
0
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:Zenvenky
Zenvenky earned 498 total points
ID: 38853814
You can delete those files from System Volume Information folder. Make sure that you delete old dated folders. Normally whenever you install any application a backup will be created of that app in System Volume Information. So you can delete all those folders there will be NO ISSUE in the server. I suggest you to use Disk Cleanup by doing right click on C drive properties and disk cleanup.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:swgit
ID: 38858002
I'm still puzzled on how that "System Volume Information" folders on these "data" drives are getting too huge; and I still don't know what the first part and second part of this string "{b8eb2f0a-44e5-11e2-8f4e-0024e852fa77}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}" represents.  

Anyways, I'll do more research and if I find anything that could explain this, I'll update.  For now, let's close this as nothing is related to "shadow copies", "indexing", or "disk cleanup".
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:EMJSR
ID: 38858035
Well, the System Volume Information contains restore points among other things. The long numbers are GUIDs with which Windows can identify properties of the data. That just as a basic explanation.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:swgit
ID: 38858046
There's no restore points configured either.  The only things hosted on these drives are users' folders, etc.  and I can't seem to match the GUID's to any of the users.
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

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

Compliance and data security require steps be taken to prevent unauthorized users from copying data.  Here's one method to prevent data theft via USB drives (and writable optical media).
A bad practice commonly found during an account life cycle is to set its password to an initial, insecure password. The Password Reset Tool was developed to make the password reset process easier and more secure.
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to bulk import 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.

963 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