Low on disk space. What can I delete to free up some space?

I removed everything in Recycling Bin but that did not seem to free up space. Is there any other directory  or temp files I can remove to free up as much space as possible?

OS: Windows Server 2008, and 2003
joukiejoukAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
treesize will show you where your disk space is being used and help to see what might be able to be deleted

http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

how big are the drives on these servers?
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Image files are probably the largest files on any computer.

For example:
My Pictures folders have 25 462 files and take up 103 GB
My Documents folders have 27 089 files and take up 12,0 GB

About the same number of files, but 8 times the space...
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rindiCommented:
If it is server 2008 r2 add the "desktop" or "themes" feature (I don't remember the exact name of it). Also add the following KB:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2852386

Then run the disk cleanup wizard and allow it to remove the unneeded stuff.

Also delete the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads (This applies to Windows 2003 and 2008 and 2008 r2).

On Windows 2003 you can delete the C:\Windows\$Unin.... files.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Can everything in the "Installer" directory be removed? Are these just temp installers? If I remove everything within this container, will it cause any issues with apps?

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Can everything in the "Installer" directory be removed?

i would not touch these folders within the windows tree (except a temp folder)
the installer folder has the msi/msp packages for your installed software and will cause problems in the future if you delete files in there
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
each user has their %temp% directory and the c:\windows\temp.  With more modern operating systems you can clean up the c:\windows\winsxs folder as well
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
What is the Winsxs folder? This folder is rather large. It would be great if I can remove unnecessary folders/files contained within it. Can you tell me what folders/files I can remove in that directory?

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rindiCommented:
The disk cleanup utility and KB I mentioned earlier cleans up the WINSXS folder. But that is only available with the R2 version of Windows 2008. You shouldn't do anything in that folder manually.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What ELSE is taking up space?  The Windows folder size is normal (your C: drive size is NOT - it should be larger).
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Can I scan a network drive from my local machine or is it not allowed on the free server?

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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
Also, will the free edition allow me to do a custom search? How do I search for image/picture files?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would suggest you use WinDirStat instead (I know that product better) - it's completely free and uses graphics and extensions to illustrate what is taking up space - and it works fine on network drives.
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joukiejoukAuthor Commented:
What is the installer directory? It is rather large. Can contents be deleted from this directory? Are they usually just temporary installers?

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rindiCommented:
As far as I can see that is in the winsxs directory. Never manually delete anything from there. Use the Cleanup wizard I mentioned earlier for that, provided your server is the "R2" version.
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