5 Solutions to Fix How to Free Up Space on C Drive Windows Server 2008 (R2)

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Solution 1. Run C Drive Cleaner Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your computer. Click "System Cleanup" and click the "Scan" button to...Full steps
Solution 2. Launch Disk Cleanup Steps to enable Disk Cleanup...Full steps
Solution 3. Remove Unnecessary Software

Step 1. Open Control Panel again. Step 2. Under the Programs section...Full steps

Solution 4. Clean Temp Files Step 1. Press Windows + R to get the Run box up...Full steps
Solution 5. Extend C Drive Space Step 1. Free up unallocated space for C drive...Full steps

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I am unable to free space on my server C drive. Have activated the desktop experience service and running disk cleanup. This freed a very small disk volume after removing all the previous updates. The defragmentation did not help much either and continued to remain 52% fragmented after running through a full cycle multiple times. The windows folder on the C drive is currently 92 GB!! I believe it is occupying a lot of volume. What should i be doing now. Do I need to add in more hard disks?

C drive filling up issue is the hit for all Windows users. Most PC nightmare is C drive running out of space, which could slow down your PC’s speed and cause any stuck error. If you try to free up space on C drive on Windows 2008 (R2), this how-to guide provides five solutions to increasing space. Solutions 1 and 5 refer to the third-party software unveiled by EaseUS software. The other options focus on manual methods.

Solution 1. Run C Drive Cleaner to Free Up Space on Server 2008 (R2)

To fix Windows Server 2008 C drive that keeps filling up, you need a professional disk cleaner to safely clear C drive space without extra hassle. By using such a system cleanup tool, EaseUS Todo PCTrans, you do not need to enable Disk Cleanup, frown at the Disk Cleanup missing issue, and take time to delete unnecessary files one by one. 

This software is equipped with cleaning series functions, including system cleanup, large file cleanup, and app management. It works to save space by cleaning system & apps junk files, browsing history, Windows built-in applications, large files, and unnecessary apps.

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How to Use "System Cleanup" of EaseUS Todo PCTrans:

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

Solution 2. Launch Disk Cleanup to Clean Hard Drive on Windows Server 2008 R2

The Disk Cleanup is suitable for all Windows Server versions, including Windows Server 2008 R2, which runs to clear junk or unnecessary files for server users. To use this Windows Utility on Server, you need to check the "Desktop Experience" to enable Disk Cleanup.

Steps to enable Disk Cleanup: Search "Control Panel" through the search bar > Click to open "Control Panel" > Select "Programs and features" > Move to the left side and click "Turn Windows Features on or off" > Tick feature "Desktop Experience" > Click "Next" > Click "Install." 

desktop experience Server 2008

Note: Remember to restart your Server PC.

Follow the steps to free up C drive space on the server computer:

Step 1. Locate "Computer" on the desktop and double-click it.

Step 2. Right-click the C drive and select "Properties" from the pop-menu. Click the "Disk Cleanup" button.

disk cleanup Server 2008

Step 3. Select the files you want to delete. (To avoid unexpected data loss, you can click the "View Files" button on the Description box.) Click OK.

Solution 3. Remove Unnecessary Software on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Step 1. Open Control Panel again.

Step 2. Under the Programs section, click the "Uninstall a program." Then you can see the program list. Pick the one you haven't used for a long time and choose the "Uninstall" button.

server 2008 control panel

Solution 4. Clean Temp Files to Fix Windows Server C Drive Filling Up

Step 1. Press Windows + R to get the Run box up.

Step 2. Type %temp% on the box and press Enter.

Step 3. Delete all files.

server 2008 temp files

Solution 5. Server 2008 (R2) Extend C Drive Space 

Besides file deletion, the other option to free up disk space on Windows Server 2008 (R2) is to extend the C drive with EaseUS Partition Master. It can adjust the hard disk size by using an intelligent resize function. Easy drag and execution help you quickly allocate space from another drive to a C drive.

See steps to extend C drive by EaseUS Partition Master:

Step 1: Free up unallocated space for C drive.

If there is no unallocated space on the system disk, go to Partition Manager and right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
Drag left panel of the partition to shrink and leave unallocated space behind the system C: drive and click "OK".

Step 2: Increase C drive space.

1. Right-click on C: drive and select "Resize/Move".

Extend System partition

2. Drag the system partition end into unallocated space so to add space to C: drive and click "OK".

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Keep all changes to extend C: drive.

Click the "Execute Task" and click "Apply" to keep all changes so to extend the system C: drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive

Final Thoughts

There are five ways to free up Windows Server 2008 (R2) C drive space: 

  • Clean up hard drive space by EaseUS Todo PCTrans, Disk Cleanup, Control Panel, temp files.
  • Extend C drive space by a free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master. 

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5 Solutions to Fix How to Free Up Space on C Drive Windows Server 2008 (R2)

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