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Server 2008 R2 Disk Space

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  • I have Windows Server 2008 R2. The C drive is full. I have 0 bytes available. Keep in mind 0 bytes means I cannot install any utility that would free up space\resize partitions. The "disk cleanup option" is not available in 2008 R2 by default. I wanted to install it through desktop features but again with no disk space it will not install. Also, seems like something is constantly writing to the drive, I initially freed up a gig of diskspace and it was filled up a couple days later. I am not sure what to do. All the basic deletion has been done...recycle bin\user profiles\apps\tmp files\log files\etc. What can I delete on the c drive manually? I am afraid to start deleting system files without better knowledge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    • Edited by Beeko1973 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:23 PM
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:08 PM

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  • Hi,

    Typical manual clean up procedures like deleting all .tmp files. If you happen to be running a browser on the server, delete all temp files used there plus cache and history files.

    The following places are the usual ones that you can clean manually:

    • Temp - C:\Windows\Temp
    • User Profiles - C:\Users\
    • Software Distribution - C:\Windows\Software Distribution

    You can also refer to these links:

    How to Clean up the WinSxS Directory and Free Up Disk Space on Windows Server 2008 R2 with New Update

    How to address disk space issues that are caused by a large Windows component store (WinSxS) directory

    If you have another drive, you could also move the page file to the other drive temporarily.


    Best regards,
    Leon


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    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:19 PM
  • Profiles and temp have been deleted. I'll look at software distribution directory. Articles require software installation which is not possible with 0 bytes available. Page file is on D:
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:29 PM
  • The DISM cleanup do not require any installation, so you can follow the steps to do it manually in the first link I posted.


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    Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:38 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for your question.

    Please also check this article which talked about detailed steps to free up disk space to see if it works.

    https://www.hdd-tool.com/windows-7/free-up-disk-space-windows-7.html

    https://www.howtogeek.com/125923/7-ways-to-free-up-hard-disk-space-on-windows/


    If you find your C drive is out of space frequently or the method mentioned above doesn't help you resolve your issue, it may be necessary to extend C to a large size by third party software or add another hard disk to your computer.

    Here's an article talked about how to extend C Drive in Windows for your reference, hope this helps.

    https://www.diskgenius.com/how-to/how-to-extend-c-drive.php

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Highly appreciate your effort and time. If you have any question or concern, please feel free to let me know.

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    Michael


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    Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:44 AM
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    Friday, May 24, 2019 7:31 AM
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    Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:21 AM
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  • No, what was missed in my question is I do not have the ability to install any software due to 0 bytes available on the C Drive. No utilities or partition software will work because their is no room. I need to manually browse to a directory that is not needed for the OS on the c drive and hit delete. Unused user profiles, temp files, etc. have been deleted.

    Mike


    Mike Hertel

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 5:46 PM
  • Did you use the DISM to cleanup? How big is your C-drive?


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    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:55 PM
  • 40 GB with O bytes left. Used DISM, only cleaned up a 2 mb. What is driving me nuts is disk cleanup is not installed by default on Server 2008 and the drive does not have enough space to even add desktop features to enable it.

    Mike Hertel

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:14 PM
  • There's not much else that can be cleaned really, might have to uninstall something temporarily.

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    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:17 PM
  • Well their is nothing really left to uninstall. Only virus and backup software, that takes up hardly any space and the drive will fill before I can get any utility on it. So I think I'm screwed from a time\cost point of view. Gonna move the data off the other drive and go to sharepoint. Started playing with sharepoint last week. I can't believe the amount of time it takes to move data to the cloud and in between directories once the data has been moved.

    Mike Hertel

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:43 PM