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Windows Thread, 2003 DC server C drive in Technical; One of my DCs is currently down to 400MB on it's C drive! I'm getting pretty worried about this. What ...
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    2003 DC server C drive

    One of my DCs is currently down to 400MB on it's C drive! I'm getting pretty worried about this.

    What are the best options I have of increasing the partition? It's only 10GB at the moment.

    Partition Magic? Rebuild?

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    I would ghost the server change the hard drive with something larger and then download the image to the new drive.

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    How about moving the swap file over to a different partition ?

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    Excellent idea Matt! Thanks both.

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    OK I had this issue on my servers - I used BootIt to re-size the partitions - this worked really really well, no issues.

    In my servers I have two mirrored boot drives, I pulled one of these out, did the re-size when I was sure all was OK I put the other disk back in and it re-built

    You do this at your own risk, always allowing for current backups and recovery in the event of a failure of the process.

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    It is not possible to resize the system os partition in windows using the standard diskpart tool.

    BUT

    A third party app can be used. I Highly recommend Acronis Disk Director or Partition magic. If you have space on the disk then resizing would solve the problem.

    You can move the paging file but why fix it if its not broke?

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    You can also run the system tool to reclaim and compress old files..

    I had a slew of winupdates, logs, etc... that were taking up over 1gb of space on one DC hard drive recently so that's always worth checking too..

    That said, I'd still go for a ghost backup and clone the drive to a new bigger one as I'd assume you're already using the space in the other partitions.

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    You cannot use Partition Magic to resize a server OS partition. You need the server version which is called Volume Manager. I don't think this is available since Symantec got hold of PowerQuest. Never tried Acronis Disk Director to resize a server OS drive, but it may work. I had a similar issue & found that the backup catalogues where taking up a large amount of drive space (over 1.5gb). I removed the old catalogues & freed up the space on the drive.

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    I can say Acronis stuff is magical, using it myself and very pleased with it

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    Cheers for all the advice guys.

    I've used Acronis at home and liked it so I may go for that here. It's nerve wracking but full backups are always done so shouldn't be a massive issue.

    Ghosting is not an option as the C drive is part of a RAID array so not a matter of just physically removing the disk.

    Good call on the windows update files. I imagine there's quite a few of them.

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    Is it a good idea to compress old files on a DC? If so, what parameters? The default is 50 days. I'd gain 2GB doing this, but as usual a bit nervous about it cocking something else up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    Is it a good idea to compress old files on a DC? If so, what parameters? The default is 50 days. I'd gain 2GB doing this, but as usual a bit nervous about it cocking something else up.
    Well, if it helps... I did it last week and it just went ahead without any problems... The usual caveat of backup first applies but it worked fine for me

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    OK, I'll go for it and blame you if it fails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi View Post
    OK, I'll go for it and blame you if it fails
    *checks job description*.... Yep that's in there

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    Compressing was no probs and I now have 2GB of space.

    Thanks contink (I can't find how to thank you forum style).

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