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Space on C: keeps disappearing until around 50megs RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I'm a WHS user and have been having some bizarre space issues on my C Drive.  I have a first generation HP MediaSmart homeserver with the base 512 GB drive and 3 additional 1TB drives.

    As with all HP servers of the time my C: drive was fairly limited in size (I think it was 20GB partitioned).  This was never an issue until recently when all of a sudden I started getting "extremely low" HD space warnings.  In fact I was down to a few megs.  This was odd because I should of had several GB's free.  By going through and deleting caches, and removing some things I had installed, adjusting page file size (now at 750mb), and rebooting I was able to free up a few gigs.  Then poof before my eyes the space would disappear a meg at a time until I was down to around 49megs.

    I delete more files and get back a few hundred megs and it goes right back down to 49 or so.

    This does not appear to impact my share drive performance but the error messages are very irritating.  I also now can't install any updates or uninstall things.

    Until a batch of recent <1meg security fixes I have everything up to date.  I also have the latest powerpacks, but do not have the virus scanner installed (did in the past but it crippled the server).

    I was wondering if anyone could help.

    I have all 4 drives merged like so:

    C:\ 20gig OS partition
    D:\ The 3x1TB's and remaining from 512GIG as the server merged share
    A seperate external 320gig drive that I use for incoming file management.

    Plenty of space on all drives but C:

    Here is the non OS programs I have currently installed:
    * Carbonite - Was set to back up files form C and D.  Now D is set only
    * There seems to be a half dozen SQL servers listed in my Add/Remove

    Here's what I've done recently
    * Installed the HP plugin to allow Mac's to use space on D drive for a Time Machine backup.

    Carbonite and the Mac addin were done around the same time.  Issues seemed to emerge around the same time as well. But I can't verify with any certainty that these caused the issue.

    Here's what I removed to free up space
    * Newsleecher - this was installed ONLY as an executable on C.  All temp and saved files went to the Incoming drive
    * uTorrent - Same deal as newsleecher
    * LogMeIn

    Here's what I've had installed in the past but uninstalled:
    *McAffe from powerpack/HPupdate, installed/removed about six months ago
    *TVersity and a couple of other streaming programs all removed over a year ago, files cleared - never caused issues
    *WEBFolders plugin

    And thats about it.  I ran a small antivirus program as an executable and through the web and they found nothing.

    Any thoughts at all?
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:39 AM

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  • You might want to try emptying your recycling bin if you have been deleting files. This has happened to me a number of times. I would also recommend running a cleaning utility (I'm partial to CCleaner) to get rid of any junk that you might have missed when cleaning the C partition.
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:02 AM
  • Hello,

    I'm a WHS user and have been having some bizarre space issues on my C Drive.  I have a first generation HP MediaSmart homeserver with the base 512 GB drive and 3 additional 1TB drives.

    As with all HP servers of the time my C: drive was fairly limited in size (I think it was 20GB partitioned).  This was never an issue until recently when all of a sudden I started getting "extremely low" HD space warnings.  In fact I was down to a few megs.  This was odd because I should of had several GB's free.  By going through and deleting caches, and removing some things I had installed, adjusting page file size (now at 750mb), and rebooting I was able to free up a few gigs.  Then poof before my eyes the space would disappear a meg at a time until I was down to around 49megs.

    I delete more files and get back a few hundred megs and it goes right back down to 49 or so.

    This does not appear to impact my share drive performance but the error messages are very irritating.  I also now can't install any updates or uninstall things.

    Until a batch of recent <1meg security fixes I have everything up to date.  I also have the latest powerpacks, but do not have the virus scanner installed (did in the past but it crippled the server).

    I was wondering if anyone could help.

    I have all 4 drives merged like so:

    C:\ 20gig OS partition
    D:\ The 3x1TB's and remaining from 512GIG as the server merged share
    A seperate external 320gig drive that I use for incoming file management.

    Plenty of space on all drives but C:

    Here is the non OS programs I have currently installed:
    * Carbonite - Was set to back up files form C and D.  Now D is set only
    * There seems to be a half dozen SQL servers listed in my Add/Remove

    Here's what I've done recently
    * Installed the HP plugin to allow Mac's to use space on D drive for a Time Machine backup.

    Carbonite and the Mac addin were done around the same time.  Issues seemed to emerge around the same time as well. But I can't verify with any certainty that these caused the issue.

    Here's what I removed to free up space
    * Newsleecher - this was installed ONLY as an executable on C.  All temp and saved files went to the Incoming drive
    * uTorrent - Same deal as newsleecher
    * LogMeIn

    Here's what I've had installed in the past but uninstalled:
    *McAffe from powerpack/HPupdate, installed/removed about six months ago
    *TVersity and a couple of other streaming programs all removed over a year ago, files cleared - never caused issues
    *WEBFolders plugin

    And thats about it.  I ran a small antivirus program as an executable and through the web and they found nothing.

    Any thoughts at all?

    First, installing pretty much everything you installed is unsupported.  The 20 GB OS partition is setup so that users can't do what you're doing.  Not to mention if your OS partition ever fails, you're going to have a heck of time re-configuring everything you've done.

    Having said that, did you check the Properties of each folder on your C partition to see where all of the space is going?
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:16 AM
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  • You might want to try emptying your recycling bin if you have been deleting files. This has happened to me a number of times. I would also recommend running a cleaning utility (I'm partial to CCleaner) to get rid of any junk that you might have missed when cleaning the C partition.

    That's not a good idea.  I've personally seen apps like that (including CCleaner itself) screw up getting rid of stuff it thinks needs to go, but in fact doesn't.  I would never install anything like that on any PC (WHS or otherwise).
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:18 AM
    Moderator
  • I understand that it can get rid of important information, however it offers choices for all the files it deletes, allowing for almost full control over the files deleted. I've used it on multiple computers for about a year now with no problems. That isn't a scientific test of the program, but I have faith in it.
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:26 AM