System drives says it is full but it's not

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by JKarmy, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. JKarmy

    JKarmy Guest

    I have a three week old install of win 2003 Enterprise on a 19 gig partition.
    There are few programs installed on it(symantec endpoint, sp2, .net framework
    2.0, java runtime, and the rest on D: where SQL 2000, syspro, and office 2003
    are installed. up until a few days ago there was at least 5 gigs left on C:.
    i remoted on today and found that there is only 550mb left. I had this issue
    with two other servers recently and had to rebuild the system drives becuase
    i could not find what was taking up the drive space. I checked and cleared
    the event logs, temp files, and ran a diagnostic for larg files but none were
    found-HELP! This is my SQL server and would really hate to have to rebuild
    this thing.
     
    JKarmy, Sep 7, 2008
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    Dave Patrick Guest

    You'll need to get to the bottom of what consumes the space in order to
    understand the issue. Start by checking the size of the directories in the
    root.



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    JKarmy Guest

    The directories only consume less than 16g of the 19 this is what confusses me.

     
    JKarmy, Sep 7, 2008
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    Dave Patrick Guest

    Then it may simply be slack space. Consider that every file and directory
    listing (no matter what size) takes up at least one cluster. Slack space is
    the area between the end of the file and the end of the cluster. It can be
    calculated roughly by taking 1/2 of the drive's allocation unit (cluster
    size) times the number of files, this is the average wasted space. If you
    have a lot of small files then the wasted space figure could be larger.

    From a command prompt at the root of the drive in question;
    chkdsk
    to find out your cluster size (allocation unit)



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    Dave Patrick Guest

    Also make sure you're looking at hidden system files. By default you won't
    have perms to read/list the contents of the 'System Volume Information'
    directory.



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    Dave Patrick, Sep 7, 2008
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  6. This often happens when people are not aware of the amount of disk space
    consumed by hidden folders. One of these tools may tell you:
    DriveUse:
    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/freeware/index.html
    Bullet Proof Folder sizes: http://www.foldersizes.com/
     
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Sep 7, 2008
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    JKarmy Guest

    Thank you the foldersize program worked great. I found that my virus def's
    had grown to 11gig. I appreciate your help!
     
    JKarmy, Sep 8, 2008
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  8. Argh!! Symantec strikes again!!!

    I would also urge that you move something to the D: drive (you didn't
    say how much room is there).

    I'm a bit concerned that you are running Office 2003 on the same server
    as SQL 2000. This could be a significant performance problem. SQL is not
    anxious to share memory and Office can soak up CPU cycles very
    quickly... Any chance of moving it to D:?

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    Hank Arnold (MVP), Sep 8, 2008
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  9. Don't forget about all the "uninstall" folders from Windows Update (or
    Microsoft Update) patches.

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  10. JKarmy

    JKarmy Guest

    Thanks for the helpful hints.

     
    JKarmy, Sep 8, 2008
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  11. JKarmy

    JKarmy Guest

    I only have outlook installed and it is on drive D: (200g partition). Thank
    you for your help and appreciate any suggestions you have.
     
    JKarmy, Sep 8, 2008
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  12. Have you looked at moving the swap file to the D: drive?

    You also should really look at what is needed to move Office off of the
    server. It *HAS* to be impacting performance (of Office *and* SQL)....

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    Hank Arnold (MVP), Sep 9, 2008
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