Many many DISK FULL errors - not only mmc!

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Kai Osthoff, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. Kai Osthoff

    Kai Osthoff Guest


    Short problem description:
    windows 2000 server with just installed sp4.

    i think since i've installed service pack we get following error:
    disk full while opening mmc. several error in the eventlog about disk full.
    support tools can't be installed because disk full messages and and and...

    BUT the disk isn't FULL we have to partitions C - 360 mb free and D with
    2,5gb free.

    any ideas?
    Kai Osthoff, Jul 9, 2004
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  2. Hi Kai,
    360 MByte of space on the system partition is nothing, a good print job or
    some temporary files for what ever (like extracting Installer packages) may
    eat this up very fast..
    Disk full messages sometimes may appear also, if you have no write
    permissions on the place where the application wants to write to.

    I assume also, that the disk full message in event log is not the error
    level, but the warning level, that the disk is soon full. (if the disk
    really would be full, no error would fit in the event log).
    Some ways to clean up:
    If not already done, enable NTFS compression on the drive level and let the
    going process ignore all files it can't compress.
    Change the location of swapfile to drive D:.
    This may mean, that you can't get a memory dump, but give you more space on
    Download and install Treesize (shareware) or use diruse from Support Tools
    (you can extract it from cabinet file manually) to determine, how much space
    each folder needs.
    Maybe you find some (Temp, Servicepack Uninstall Files, Logfiles) which have
    grown over time and can get a nice clean up. (Don't forget to empty the
    Recycle Bin.)
    There are some more methods (like using NTFS volume mounting) but this could
    do it for you dependent from your situation.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf Engelke [MVP], Jul 9, 2004
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  3. Kai Osthoff

    Kai Guest

    Am Fri, 9 Jul 2004 20:39:42 +0200 schrieb Olaf Engelke [MVP]:
    Thanks for the fast answer. But sorry it has nothing to do with the small
    amount of free diskspace. The error occours often directly after system
    start - there has the server nothing to do.
    The warnings in the eventlog are ERRORs not warnings. Because DHCP-Server,
    DNS-Server and further services can not write to partition c because not
    enough Disk Space .. :-(

    I think it must be an error since we installed SP4...

    Greetings, Kai
    Kai, Jul 12, 2004
  4. Hi Kai,
    also check that the Recycle Bin is empty and run chkdsk /f to be sure that
    there is no trouble with the file system itself.

    If this is all ok it could be that there is an permission problem.
    Somehow the System account could have lost permissions to write some
    information possibly.
    Try to enable Auditing for failed object access via Group Policy editor (if
    it is a Domain Controller Default DC policy) and then to the entire C:
    drive. Look for errors in security log and check, where permissions may be

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf Engelke [MVP], Jul 12, 2004
  5. Kai Osthoff

    Kai Guest

    Am Mon, 12 Jul 2004 16:45:51 +0200 schrieb Olaf Engelke [MVP]:
    I've already checked the file system. Nothing! :-(
    Perhaps, but ...
    The entire files on Partition C has Group EVERYONE with FULL

    If i try to change gpo for dc's or manually change auditing i get
    the disk full error, too.

    any further ideas?

    Kai, Jul 12, 2004
  6. Hi Kai,
    so which file system are you using?
    Did you run check disk?
    If NTFS - did you try to compress the disk?
    Could it be, that your account is not longer member of the local
    administrators group?
    Did you try to uninstall SP4 to see, if this brings usual behaviour back?
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf Engelke [MVP], Jul 12, 2004
  7. Kai Osthoff

    Kai Guest

    NO! I will not compress the disk. Why? I've free disk space!
    Explorer and cmd with dir speaks about 400MB free! Why i should
    compress the partition?
    I've checked AD from the beginning to the end and around .. :)
    Nope. It works, correct. All users are members of neccasary
    That's the idea, i also had. But we installed SP4 without any
    option to uninstall. We wanted to save disk-space. I think it was
    a big mistake.
    It is possible to uninstall without an sp4-installation with
    uninstall option? :-|

    Kai, Jul 16, 2004
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