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I have a client who has 5 computers and 1 Windows Server 2003. The client saves all the files from the program to drive D (285GB) in the server which is a network/shared folder. In drive C: which is 12GB always seems to be out of space/full even though other computers are saving everything through D:.

I looked into the server's PC and saw that in drive C saves all the Windows log, temp, and administrator documents (confirming by looking at the date/time). Nobody uses the administrator documents in any of the 5 computers.

When drive C gets full, the users in other 5 computers are unable to save anything (even though directly through drive D).

I would like to know how to keep the drive C from getting low in available space and save everything in D including temp/windows log/document and few other things thats related to the system.

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Get a bigger hard drive. – vcsjones Jun 19 '11 at 0:18
So the 5 PCs are saving their data to Drive D: which is a network drive? Is it the clients or the server that is filling up? – Kirk Jun 19 '11 at 3:41
@vcsjones getting a bigger hard drive is not an option since I only want to work with the problem what the client currently have at the moment – merrill Jun 20 '11 at 20:36
@Kirk yes the server has drive C and drive D and all other client's 5 pc saves their file in the drive D which is the network drive. The server drive C is the one filling up. – merrill Jun 20 '11 at 20:38
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I'm guessing this is a Dell server? I inherited a crap ton of older Dell servers with a 12 G C: partition. Here is what i did:

  • Start by making sure you have a good backup.
  • Defrag each drive using a quality defrag utility (such as Diskkeepper)
  • Download gparted, and repartition the drives as follows. I, for my own sanity, would perform and apply each action one at a time, rebooting between each action.
    • Shrink D: to free up space for C:
    • move D: all the way to the right.
    • if D: is in an extended partition, then move the beginning of that to the beginning of D:
    • extend C: into the free space.

There will be some chkdsk activity, which is normal.

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yes its actually Dell. I was looking into and decided not to format/partition and deleted mostly temp folders and few useless files in drive C to free up the space. it may be a hassle but less hassle to redo the whole 5 pcs to link to that server again. i do noticed that every files/program is saved in drive D but in drive C saves all the profile info of each users who log in the server using desktop remote connection. what is recommended to delete in drive c without affecting the system. – merrill Jun 22 '11 at 18:51
Ok. I would like to point out that repartitioning wouldn't affect any of the functionality of the server (the clients would not have to be touched.) In my experience, it is only a matter of time before your server crashes, because it is next to impossible to control what is stored on C:. Microsoft updates that are downloaded in the background will fill your drive before you know it. I finally broke down and decided to repartition when Microsoft filled the C: drives on 2 domain controllers in a single weekend. – Kirk Jun 23 '11 at 1:02

If you can't get a bigger hard drive, partition D: and make one of its partitions the new C:, copying the existing C: onto it and recycling that sad 12gb drive. Make sure you create a backup of D: before you re-partition it though!

Barring this, I doubt there's any way to move everything to the other drive, although you might think about moving the swap file to another drive as per these instructions, which should also work on Server 2003 (which is basically XP AFAIK).

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@btown so first I would save everything in Drive D to the external harddrive as backup. and format D? the shared drive is drive D and it would be a hassle to have all the 5 pc(all diff. location) to save everything to drive C. Im still wondering how can Drive C be piling up when no one is touching it at all? everytime someone saves a file in drive D it seems something else also saves in drive C im looking for solution to avoid that. =) – merrill Jun 20 '11 at 20:42

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