The rate at which companies are growing their online businesses is impressive. Everybody is literally scrambling to get a slice of the cyber space. While this is going on, there is an area that is slowly being left unattended and this concerns the disk space on your server. Having an ample disk space can mean lots of things including faster loading speed, increased interactivity and enhanced traffic experience.
While every care is taken by web owners to have their disk spaces well maintained and spacious, there is still more that needs to be done. Below are some practices that can easily free the disk space on your server.
Cleaning Up Your Recycle Bin
Many people rarely follow files and folders the moment they have sent them to the recycle bin. This means that with time, the contents of the recycle bins increase leading to reduced disk space on the server. You will be shocked at the magnitude of the stuff that collects in there over periods of time. Every disk volume has a folder called $Recycle.bin which is usually hidden and only becomes visible when the user enables hidden folders. Just like the normal recycle bin on your desktop, you can right click the disc volume recycle bin and delete all the files in there.
Compressing Log Folders
Web owners and server administrators usually configure their website logs so that they can be stored in a folder which is known as wwwlogs. With time just like the case of the recycle bin, this folder gets filled with the website logs. Unless they are deleted from here, they will continue filling up the disk space. This is an excellent place to free up disk space. In the case of a server that has two disk volumes, the wwwlogs folder will most likely be located on the D: volume but in some cases, you may still find it at C:\wwwlogs.
Many individuals and businesses use these logs for different purposes. This means that they may still need to keep them around for a little longer on the server. Should this be the case, you can then zip the files or otherwise use Windows file compression functionality to save you on the disk space.
Compressing the SQL Server Backup Folder
The SQL server backup folder is an excellent place where you can save on disk space. The challenge that comes with this folder is the path along which it is located. It is not always easy to know the default path but that is not much of a problem because you can still locate it. By compressing this folder, you can save on lots of space. Additionally, you can zip the SQL Server backup files and free up more space. Not many people need multiple copies of database backups. This means that after a few days you can delete them so as to avoid unnecessary space constraints.
Cleaning Up Your Performance Monitor Reports
Server performance is usually analyzed using an invaluable tool called Performance Monitor Data Collectors. By setting up a data collector, you can get lots of invaluable reports about the performance status of your various server components such as CPU, RAM, Network IO and Disk IO. What happens in most times is that the moment you are done with the reports, you tend to either forget about them or leave them running for days thereby accumulating data and eating up on your space. The default path for data collectors is usually C:\PerfLogs and each collector has lots of reports can be viewed from the properties window of the collector.
After confirming that you do not need the reports that are in the data collector, you can right click the folder and delete the files. If you however need the files, you can compress them so that you save on the space that they currently occupy.
Removing Windows Error Files
Problems occur on the server from time to time. To enable you identify them as and when they occur, Window Error Reporting (WER) is an excellent resource. With time however, log files accumulate which can take a bit of space if not dealt with in time. The default path for WER files is usually C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER. In there, you will find 2 subfolders which contain the file that you need to delete. You can also opt to compress the WER folder if you feel that you need to keep the files for future reference.
These are just some of the excellent ways of freeing up your disk space on the server. Remember, you can use these techniques on both window cloud servers and dedicated physical servers. Always double check files before deleting them because the action may not be reversible.
Derek Lee web is a sever specialist. He handles server functions for many of his clients. He also writes articles on Web Hosting for people all over the world to read and get informed.