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Lack of space on C drive

I have a RAID5 system. My problem is some years ago i've defined the C drive with only 4GB (where i have OS W2000svr, anti virus server, backup software, and a few minor things), and now with the Microsoft Updates i don't have enough space. This situation is as follow:
C drive capacity 4 GB - free 50 MB
D drive capacity 63 GB - free 15 GB
I already run cleanup drive, and delete as much i could.
How can i "move" free space to drive C, or rebuild the virtual drives without re-installing everything ? (if possible)
Thank You. Luís

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  • luisesteves Jan 02, 2008

    Thank You.

    I've tried some of the mentioned points, and i could get a few more MB (now i have 100 Mb), but i will have the same problem in a couple of days.

    A question: Is there any way to rebuild the partition with the available space ? 15 GB ? Could i create a new partition (Z:), copy all what i have in the C: drive, switch the map letters and boot ? Perhaps, i could get in troubles, but if someone tried something similar.... we never know.

    Thank You,


  • luisesteves Jan 03, 2008

    Thank You pasha, for your words. I still have doubts on wich strategie to choose, however test the "thing" on another machine must be a plus. What you mean by "Creating Ghost backups periodically becomes the bare metal recovery strategy for this server" ?





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You can relocate any my documents folders to the D:\ drive using a right mouse click and properties to enter a new directory. When you are logged onto the appropriate account.

If you have items on the desktop (data) you can relocate them to a folder on the D:\ drive and place a shortcut to them on the desktop -- same functionality but the disk usage changes drives.

You can uninstall specific applications and reinstall them on the D:\ drive

You may be able to reassign the temporary internet folders depending on the version of Internet Explorer to the D:\ drive to reduce use of C:\ Likewise Temp if you change the JCW value.

If you are using older versions of Internet Explorer that have been updated you may be able to remove backups using the add/remove programs scenario -- do not backoff current versions there are buttons in some versions of IE to remove the backups created when updating.

Using add/remove programs to eliminate items not used. If this is a true server -- items like calculator and numerous accessories could be removed. There may be additional unused programs and services that can be removed to buy some additional space.

Anti-Virus software often keeps backup copies of signature files -- reviewing your software in that area could provide additional files that could safely be removed.

I do not know if windows 2000 had the indexing service. If it does is maintains a second directory and space of the search service is not required eliminating the associated data can reduce C:\ drive space requirements -- if necessary the associated files can be relocated to the D:\ drive.

In the end all of the above may not be much space but it could be some.

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  • david Jan 02, 2008

    The issue depends on the capabilties of the raid in part to resize partitions. Another possibility may be the addition of a drive to the machine. Copying the C: drive to the new drive could address storage issues. It might also improve performance -- the system on a separate physical drive from the data. However timing and the boot process would need to be considered. One method to achieve this would be to ghost (A Symantec/Norton product) off a backup of the C:\ drive to CD ROM or DVD whatever is available, then install a new drive and ghost into a larger partition on the new drive the backed up C:\ drive. As the C:\ drive is no longer raid protected Creating Ghost backups periodically becomes the bare metal recovery strategy for this server, in case of a drive failure or worse. This method offers safety in that the current C:\ partition remains intact until after the new drive is in place and tested. The backup could be avoided if Ghost can be used in your environment to copy the existing C:\ to the new drive directly which may also be possible (assuming the raid driver/data can be reached without booting the Windows 2000 Operating system). However this does not verify a bare metal backup and restore process works as identified above. The other route kills two birds with one process.

  • david Jan 02, 2008

    I have also successfully used a program called Partition Commander against standard disk drives but never a raid 5 set of disks. Unless you have documentation supporting this I would seriously recommend against attempting this solution on a live server.

    Riskier than the above solution using Ghost is to utilize ghost to facilitate reallocation the existing partitions on the server. As this requires the destruction of both partitions and the restoration of both partitions you will be at the mercy of your backup procedures once you delete and reallocate the disk partitions. Assuming your situation is average, you have probably never restored your system from bare metal and may not have a working solution that does not involve building the OS and installing the backup application before being able to restore the server. And then does the solution permit resizing of the partitions during the restore. So the following will attempt to discuss such a backup and restore scenario however unless you have a backup server around doing nothing with suitable disk space to test on this process has all the risks of a live test with all the consequences.

    Review your existing backup process and assure it backs up files and not image copies of the disks. To be able to resize a partition we need to be able to restore files and not entire disks or blocks of disk space above the file level to the data partition (D:/) of your drive. Assure all data and programs to perform a restore are on the C:\ drive and/or are accessible from the backup media -- assure backup directories or files or other restore information is not on the D:\ drive we intend to restore using the existing backup that will not be available as the partition has either be reallocated or we are operating on new disks.

    Consider doing this with additional disks available to swap in the server protecting the original system until the new server is functional.

    To avoid the need to rebuild the OS and install the backup program and then overlay portions of that from your backup medium possibly encountering locked file issues. Again as before use Ghost booted from the CD to backup the C:\ drive (still assumes the raid 5 is accessible from a booted CD).

    If at all possible restore this to another machine or different disks for safety just to make sure it works and the media is readable. Then with the OS back in place we should be able to boot the machine using the restored C:\ and restore the new D:\ partition from the current backups using the backup application (that should only require the c:\ drive and the backup media if we checked properly before).

    I have done these kinds of moves before. If you cannot tell I get nervous between the time I have destroyed a working system until it works again. I believe you cannot be too careful in protecting the data and the system when considering a significant operation on a live server. Having the existing drives on the workbench ready to install if something fails allows you a very secure feeling. Without that depending on the value of the server and data I imagine you may become nervous too.

  • david Jan 03, 2008

    A bare metal recovery strategy is the strategy required when the server must be replaced with an entirely new server or the disks in the server must be replaced by new disks and the contents of the old server or disks are unavailable to support the process. (The server or drives were damanged to such an extent that they are unusable.) In other words, your backups and installation media and configuration documentation are the only sources for recovery of the server.



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