+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
How do you do....it? Thread, Reclaiming drive space in Technical; Running low on space on our staff file server. Its a VM so I could easily expand the VHD however ...
  1. #1

    RabbieBurns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    5,531
    Thank Post
    1,341
    Thanked 470 Times in 307 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    200

    Reclaiming drive space

    Running low on space on our staff file server. Its a VM so I could easily expand the VHD however I'm sure there is a whole load of crap on there that could be archived to tape.

    This is a seperate drive than the staff personal folders, its a shared drive for resources.

    WinDirStat gives me an overview of the types of files, but is there something I can use that will pull out the files that havent been accessed since a certain date so I can remove all the old / stagnant files?

    Im also looking at moving to sharepoint in the future for the shared resources so It would also be good to sanitise the data so I dont end up just moving the problem from a shared drive to a sharepoint document library.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    107
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    Do a standard search for files that haven't been modified since a certain date.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Deal, Kent
    Posts
    343
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
    Rep Power
    27
    You could search the drive for last modified date on all files - then sort by that field.

    You should be able to get rid of stuff that is 3+ years old without any issues (providing the users are happy it's useless).

    Si

  4. #4
    british_government's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    160
    Thank Post
    24
    Thanked 20 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    36
    Disk Space Manager software at its best: TreeSize Professional

    get the demo but worth buying! Really good search and analysis features, also you can do duplicate file searches, chances are 5 teachers in the same department have the same 500mb avi!

    Also a future solution, server 2012 deduplication
    Introduction to Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012 - The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

  5. Thanks to british_government from:

    RabbieBurns (8th November 2012)

  6. #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Deal, Kent
    Posts
    343
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
    Rep Power
    27
    Speaking of server 2012, if you have it installed somewhere you can copy the deduplication files and run them on one of your production severs (no matter what version of server it is running) and it will tell yout he potential savings from migrating this server to 2012 and taking advantage of the deduplication.

  7. Thanks to Psymon from:

    RabbieBurns (8th November 2012)

  8. #6
    british_government's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    160
    Thank Post
    24
    Thanked 20 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    36
    Quote Originally Posted by Psymon View Post
    Speaking of server 2012, if you have it installed somewhere you can copy the deduplication files and run them on one of your production severs (no matter what version of server it is running) and it will tell yout he potential savings from migrating this server to 2012 and taking advantage of the deduplication.
    REALLY!?!?!?! That is awesome, every day 2012 gets better and better for me!

  9. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Deal, Kent
    Posts
    343
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
    Rep Power
    27
    Quoted from - Plan to Deploy Data Deduplication

    Step 3: Evaluate savings with the Deduplication Evaluation Tool
    When the deduplication feature is installed, the Deduplication Evaluation Tool (DDPEval.exe) is automatically installed to the \Windows\System32\ directory. This tool can be copied from any Windows Server 2012 installation to systems running Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows 7 . You can use it to determine the expected savings that you would get if deduplication is enabled on a particular volume.
    DDPEval.exe supports local drives, and it supports evaluating mapped or unmapped remote shares. The following exampleshows running DDPEval.exe by using a command syntax:
    DDPEval <VolumePath:>

    C:\> DDPEVAL.EXE \\Server\Testshare
    C:\> DDPEVAL.EXE E:\Test\
    C:\> DDPEVAL.EXE F:

    This will produce output similar to the following:
    Data Deduplication Savings Evaluation Tool
    Copyright 2011-2012 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

    Evaluated folder: E:\Test
    Processed files: 34
    Processed files size: 12.03MB
    Optimized files size: 4.02MB
    Space savings: 8.01MB
    Space savings percent: 66
    Optimized files size (no compression): 11.47MB
    Space savings (no compression): 571.53KB
    Space savings percent (no compression): 4
    Files with duplication: 2
    Files excluded by policy: 20
    Files excluded by error: 0
    When the space savings percent is calculated, you can make an informed decision to install deduplication or not.

  10. Thanks to Psymon from:

    british_government (7th November 2012)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. reclaim hard drive space
    By TechSupp in forum Windows Server 2000/2003
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 15th June 2012, 05:05 PM
  2. Drive Space Report HTA
    By Wiseman82 in forum Scripts
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 7th August 2008, 10:09 PM
  3. Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12th September 2007, 10:08 PM
  4. Wierd Hard Drive Space Issue
    By markesmith in forum Hardware
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20th July 2007, 11:20 AM
  5. Out of drive space on domain?
    By Samson in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 5th June 2007, 10:14 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •