Increasing Free Disk Space on the System Partition

by Chris Sanders [Published on 27 March 2008 / Last Updated on 27 March 2008]

When the system partition on your server gets full, and hardware upgrades aren’t an option, what are you going to do? Here are a few tips.

One of the biggest mistakes I see system administrators make when setting up a new server is not providing adequate disk space for the system partition. A lot of people just assume they can skate by with a 6-10 GB system partition. Unfortunately, once you throw in a year’s worth of windows updates, a couple of service packs, some temporary files, and some new system applications that space can fill up pretty quickly.

There are a few things you can do in these cases to free up some disk space. These include:

A combination of these things should allow you to free up a significant amount of space on your system partition.


Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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