I'm finding myself in the unusual position of running out of hard drive space in my system partition on my SBS 2003 server. Two mirrored 160GB SATA drives make up my system partition with all my data residing on a separate SCSI raid array.
I'm at a loss to explain how the drives free space ended up at less than 15%. Naturally I'm experieceing some minor application errors and overall performance degradation.
On my system partition is: a lightly used pervasive database with 2 users; my AV platform & its management interface, and A license manager for the database (less than 1.5 mb in size). I'm truly perplexed by what could be eating up my diskspace.
What I've done:
purged teporary interenet files
ran the system cleanup tool
verified that I'm not infected by a virus.
What can I safely remove to recapture space (which temp files, old system files that have been updated, etc..)?
Can I break the SATA mirror and replace one drive with a 500GB SATA drive and rebuild the mirror? If I use something like partitiin magic to capture the entire 500GB drive would I be able to replace the remaining 160GB drive with a second 500GB to create a full 500GB mirror?
How can I prevent whatever is consuming the HD space from consuing a new 500GB drive in time?
Re: Freeing up space
Your mention of a pervasive database makes me think of PeachTree accounting, which I have recently installed on an SBS2003 box as well. I know that app is a notorious space hog, depending on the archiving options you set. I would suggest, for a high level view, simply using the search function in Windows. Do an advanced search, for any file size above a specific size (I usually go with anything above 15MB) and then sort by date. This will give you the dates these files are being created, as well as the directories in which they reside. Hopefully that will give you a starting point for further research.
30th Sep 2009