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dbalearner
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  20:45:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

We have a server where all the activities of OS level and DB level files were placed on the C Drive.

We are in the process of shifting OR creating a new drive separated from C Drive for the DB related.

However, there was a drop of couple of gig in the last couple of days on the c Drive, but the DB sizes were not grown. On the otherhand, we have no suspicious increment on the OS related file system.

The problem is, where to start to find when Both OS and DB were place on C Drive?

Can anyone help me.

DBA in the making
Aged Yak Warrior

638 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2010 :  06:12:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have a look under Documents and Settings. One of the users may have saved a large backup to their desktop or something like that.

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dbalearner
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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  17:35:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is no such evidence which is now mysterious for me.

Any further clues.........Please
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Aged Yak Warrior

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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  19:33:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check the swap file settings. Perhaps the swap file has increased (although 3GB is a huge increase).

Are you sure one of the junior DBAs isn't storing porn on that server? :)

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jeffw8713
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USA
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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  20:28:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Download and install WinDirStat - run that and it will tell you where all of your disk space is being used. From that, you should be able to identify the problem and address the additional space usage.
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dbalearner
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265 Posts

Posted - 05/05/2010 :  17:34:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This 3rd party tool not allowing on the secured servers and complaining of license security number.

Any other ideas.

Thanks
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jeffw8713
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USA
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Posted - 05/05/2010 :  21:52:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can see not being able to install on the servers - but it is a free tool and no license security number is required. Oh, well - it was worth a try. I'd follow up with the server guys and have them identify all of the files on the C:\ drive using space and how much.
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dbalearner
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  01:34:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah. Could able to muster with this tool and could able to see the Pictorial Graphical evidence, may be I was expecting the Duplication files or unwanted file system from this tool.

I have tried to the extent of accessing the My Computer node and C Drive only but not onto User Disk space usage drives.

Any ideas further. Thanks.
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