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I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 with Windows Server 2003 R2.  Dell had partitioned the hard drives (RAID 5) into C: (12GB) and D: (123GB) and then pre-loaded the OS on C:.  When the machine was new, this was okay.  The only apps other than OS-related items installed on C: are UltraVNC, Backup Exec 12, and Sophos Anti-Virus (the Sophos Enterprise Console is installed on D:).  To install the Sophos upgrades from 4.5 to 5.1 and then from 5.1 to 5.2.1, I needed to free up some space.  I changed the TMP and TEMP environmental variables to point to D:\TEMP.  I also moved the pagefile.sys to D:.  I was able to reclaim about 3GB of space.  During the process of upgrading the Sophos Enterprise Console, the install gave me a free copy of .NET Framework 4.0.  That took some diskspace.  Then Windows Update reared its head and gave me a ton of updates.  After rebooting the server, I now only have 300MB of free space on C:.  There are still Windows Updates to do and I'm pretty sure that's not enough space to install them.  Can someone tell me where I can get some more diskspace on C:?  There are alot of previously installed Windows Updates (years old) that can probably be removed.  At one time, I used Uninstall Cleaner (trial version) to help with that.  Even still, those Windows Updates backup files only occupy 300MB of space.  What about the winsxs folder?  The Windows Updates Software Distribution folder is pretty clean.  Nothing in the LogFiles folder.  C:\WINDOWS\TEMP has been cleaned out.  Disk Cleanup has been run.  One thought was to move my the SQL databases that Backup Exec and Sophos use (I think they're on C:) to D:.  Any other ideas short of getting Partition Magic involved?  (That scares me because I had a bad experience with it once.)  Thanks.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Over 20 ideas for you to look specifically addressing your issues on the web page I created:
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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by:Alan Henderson
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You can change your partition sizes. This is an excellent tool:
http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-manager-server.html
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WOW... I've been on this site over 16 years... I don't think I've ever seen two simultaneous comments down to the second and consecutive comment IDs.
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ccleaner does a good job at cleaning up space. I ran into the same problem not long ago and moved the server to a vmware on a newer server and increased the size at the same time.
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@ leew:

Yeah, I wanted to edit the comment to say "Don't be afraid of good partition managers" but I was too late by microseconds.

I've been in hibernation from EE for a few years. Things must be a bit busier now.

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Great read!  Although there were several of the items I had already tried, there were some new ones to me.  In the end, I'm not sure I can do much else but move my SQL databases (for Backup Exec and Sophos) to the D: drive.  If that doesn't give me enough breathing room, I may have to bite the bullet and try to repartition the drive (yikes!).
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