Disk Space issues

Posted on 2014-09-01
Last Modified: 2015-06-22
In our setup, we frequently get disk space issues for system Drive,

Most of my seniors asked to perform disk cleanup, clear temp files. Even after clearing these files, we are not able to meet the threshold limit.

suggest us to clean the system drive, both in 2003 and 2008 servers.

where and all we can clear logs and what files we can delete inside system drive without affecting the servers..
Question by:ashvidra
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    It depends on what is intalled on services on the machine and how large the C drive is. I normally tend to see that Windows goes up to about 20GB on data without having extensive logging on the server.

    Normally all temp directories can be cleared, but do you use internet on the server? If so, remove all unnecessary profiles and clear IE cache, this tends to hog up space. Also, you can remove the folder C:\Windows\Installer\$patchcache$. This is a folder that makes sure you can remove Microsoft update pacthes. Do keep in mind when deleting this you cannot remove Microsoft patches anymore so the question is do you want this to happen??
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    Server 2008 R2 has a feature that can cleanup old updates:

    Otherwise I usually cleanup the old updates by using server cleanup wizard:
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    The process of cleaning up a system drive depends on what functions the servers support.  For example, Domain Controllers, IIS Servers, Database servers, etc., all have files that can be either moved or deleted, in addition to the typical temp & uninstall clutter.

    - Are you using SCCM?  There is a configurable cache that can be cleared and reduced in size.
    - You can also minimize the size of the recycle bin on the system drive.

    Best practice is to keep any and all log files (where possible & configurable) off the system drive.  Keep all database (system and user dbs) files on a volume other than the system volume.  If possible, place the AD database on a different set of disks than the system.  Store IIS logs elsewhere and compress them if you must keep them.

    I suggest downloading treesize free ( to analyze what is taking up the most space.  Then determine if the space hog(s) can be either moved to a different disk or safely deleted.

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    Yes good point Dan,

    I use TreeSizeFree on my servers and it is a great tool. Sometimes you can see some files or folders which are large and can be moved off to another drive that you may have missed. I forgot to mention I use treesize.

    Apart from all the usual moving of files and cleaning disk space and emptying recycle bin etc I find that for server 2008 and on then usually the Winsxs folders and the like just grow and that is evident using treesize.
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    by:Dan McFadden

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    Have a look at

    It's a free application that will allow you to see your daily growth for not only your C: system volume but also your data drives. The upshot is that you can see what typically your servers are growing by growth wise so you can plan capacity accordingly.

    Takes about 15 minutes to install as well.

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