7 Ways to Clean Up C Drive in Windows Server 2022/2019/2016

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The necessity of cleaning up C drive in Windows Server computers

The importance of having free space on your Windows Server C drive cannot be overstated. If your Windows Server does not have free space, then it will cause complications for you. As a result, having some free space on your C drive is critical.

Without free space in C drive, Windows Server will face lags during operation. Your system will boot up slowly, and your system can get stuck at stages. Therefore, you must clean your C drive in Windows Server from time to time.

There is seven easy and effective method that you can follow to perform C drive cleanup in Windows Server computers. The methods and enlisted below:

1. Turn Off Hibernation

2. Run Disk Cleanup

3. Move Big Programs from C Drive to Another Drive

4. Uninstall Useless Apps

5. Run System Cleanup and Large File Cleanup

6. Add More Space to System C Drive

7. Turn on Storage Sense

Guide using the above methods for cleaning up C Drive in Windows Server computers

While using the enlisted methods, one must determine the end goal for clean up. The first two methods are perfect if you wish to delete and clean up the useless files from your C drive.

Contrary to the first two methods, follow the other methods to clean your C drive and enhance its storage. They can also help your Windows computer have faster speed, free up C drive space, and enhance the storage capacity for C drive.

1. Turn Off Hibernation

Your Windows Server computer's C drive holds a hibernation file called "hiberfil.sys." The hiberfil.sys file is created during the hibernation mode. When your computer goes to hibernation mode, it saves all the current state of your Windows Server computer.

Although it does save the state, it costs the storage space of your C drive in return. Turning off the hibernation can help you save some space on your C drive.

Follow the below method to turn off hibernation in your Windows Server 2022/2019/2016 computer:

Step 1: Open Command Line Interface (CMD).

Press the Windows + R key and then type cmd in the Run Window. Hit the enter key after that, and it will open the CMD for you.

opening the cmd window

Step 2: Type "powercfg.exe /hibernate off" command in the CMD window and press the Enter key.

turning hibernate off in windows server computer

Entering the command will turn off the hibernate off for you. It will free up some space in your C drive and clean it.

2. Run Disk Cleanup

On Windows Server, the C drive stores all of the files relevant to your programs and server. Some of the files on the C drive are superfluous and waste a lot of space.

You may use Disk Cleanup to clean up your Windows Server C Drive and eliminate files such as useless data, temporary files, cached files, recycle bin, etc. To execute Disk Cleanup on your Windows Server, follow the steps below.

Note: Be careful during the disk cleanup of your server computer. Make sure you only clean the unnecessary files and prevent deleting any necessary server computer files.

Step 1: Open properties of your Windows Server C drive.

By navigating to your file explorer, right-clicking on the C drive, and selecting properties, you can open the C drive properties.

opening properties of c drive on windows server

Step 2: From the opening pop-up box, select Disk Cleanup.

Step 3: Disk cleanup will show how much space on your C drive you can clear up.

Step 4: Check the boxes next to the files you don't require. When you're finished, press the OK button.

running disk clean on c drive windows server

3. Move Big Programs from C Drive to Another Drive

You can clean up your Windows Server C drive by moving extensive programs from the C drive to another drive. Doing that will free up space on your C drive.

However, migrating an application is more complicated than simply copying and pasting it from one location to another. The reason for this is that a program has many libraries and dependent modules, all of which must be relocated correctly.

Professional file transfer software, EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician, can effortlessly migrate a program from your Windows Server C disk. Applications moved using this method do not require you to reinstall the apps.

The Easeus Todo PCTrans Technician software is the most recommended technique to migrate installed applications. It offers an app migration feature that lets you migrate installed apps from one drive to another.

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To quickly move installed programs from C drive to another disk on Windows Server, follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select transfer mode

On the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans, go to "App Migration" section and click "Start" to continue.

select transfer mode

Step 2. Select apps and another drive to transfer

1. Select the source partition and tick applications, programs and software (marked as "Yes") that you'd like to migrate.

2. Click triangle icon to select another drive or disk as your target device and click "Transfer" to start the migration.

Select apps to migrate

Step 3. Finish the migration process

When the transferring process finishes, click "OK" to complete.

You can restart your PC to keep all the changes, and you should be able to run your migrated apps on the other drive again.

finish app migration

4. Uninstall Useless Apps

Uninstalling useless applications can also help you clean up your C drive on a Windows Server computer. Sometimes there can be some large applications on your C drive that are of no use. Uninstalling them can create free space for you.

Follow the below steps to uninstall useless apps from C drive in your Windows computer:

Step 1: Open Control Panel.

You can open the control panel by searching for it from the search button in your taskbar.

Step 2: From Control Panel, select Uninstall a program under the Programs section.

uninstalling a program using the control panel

Step 3: Find the useless applications and uninstall them one by one.

uninstalling useless programs using the control panel

Note: You can also use EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician to uninstall useless applications.

5. Run System Cleanup and Large File Cleanup

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician also assists you in performing System cleanup and Large File cleanup to free up space in your C drive. The system cleanup feature can clear all the useless and junk files from the C drive.

You can also move the User folder from C drive to another location using EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician software. You may clear up a lot of space on your C drive by using these two fantastic EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician capabilities.

Windows Server users are highly recommended to download and install this software. Once it is downloaded and installed, follow the below steps to execute System cleanup and Large File cleanup using it:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your computer. Click "System Cleanup" and click the "Scan" button to go on.

system cleanup - step 1

Step 2. When the scan completes, junk files will be listed. Selected the unwanted files. Be careful not to mistakenly delete files that affect the normal operation of your computer or software.

system cleanup - step 2

Step 3. Click the "Clean up" button and confirm the cleanup operation. You can regularly use this function to free up disk space.

system cleanup - step 3

6. Add More Space to C Drive

By altering the current partitions, you can increase the size of the system C Drive. When it comes to changing partitions on your computer, there is a significant danger involved. You risk losing your data and messing up the entire partition system if something goes wrong.

As a result, if you want to expand the space on your system's C drive, you'll require reliable partition management software. EaseUS Partition Master Server Enterprise Edition is a highly rated program.

You can add more space to your Windows server C driver with only a few simple steps. To efficiently utilize the EaseUS Partition Master Server program to expand the storage capacity of your C drive, follow the steps below:

Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK". 
  3. 3. Click "Execute Operation" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.

Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
  2. 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
  3. 3. Click "Execute Operation", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:32 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:32-1:00 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

7. Turn on Storage Sense

If you can't clean the C drive on your Windows Server C on your own, the storage sense feature can help. Storage sense is available in Windows Server. Enabling storage sense can help your system automatically wipe out unnecessary files and data.

To enable storage sense on Windows Server, follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Launch the Windows Settings application.

Step 2: Navigate to the Storage section of the System menu.

opening the storage section.

Step 3: Toggle the Storage Sense slider.

turning the storage sense on

Step 4: Configure the storage sense settings.

managing the storage sense default settings

You can use the default storage sense settings or customize them to your preferences.

Conclusion

Windows Server computer helps to manage and create server computers. Usually, the Windows Server operating system is installed in your computer's C drive. Therefore, you must clean up your C drive in Windows Server to avoid problems.

When cleaning up the C drive in Windows Server 2022/2019/2016, you can use seven methods to achieve the cleanup. If you wish to clean junk files, you can try turning off hibernation and performing disk cleanup.

The other methods, such as moving applications, uninstalling apps, performing system cleanup, and extensive file cleanup, help optimize server performance.

Also, instead of doing things manually, the most recommended software is EaseUS Todo PCTrans Technician software which lets you do the cleanup in simple steps.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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