Best Ways to Free Up Data Server Storage, Any Suggestions?

Our data server (VM) stores our data on a secondary F drive disk. This disk has been initialized to MBR, and we have reached a capacity of 2 TB. This is a frequently used drive. Do you have any suggestions for freeing space and maximizing disk/server efficiency?

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Cici· Answered on Feb 28, 2023

To free up storage space on your data server, you can try the following eight methods.

  • Clean up the junk files on the disk
  • Uninstall unnecessary applications
  • Reset the virtual memory page file size
  • Delete outdated backups
  • Optimize SQL database
  • Move large files and programs to another drive
  • Upgrade the hard disk to a larger space
  • Convert hard drive format to GPT

One of the most straightforward ways is to convert MBR to GPT. MBR has a 2TB limit, while GPT has no hard drive size limit. And it allows you to use other spaces on the server. There is no need to worry that converting to GPT will damage your hard drive or data. EaseUS Partition Master Server will help you to change partition style easily without losing data.

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EaseUS Partition Master is a simple all-in-one disk management tool. It has a simple interface you can easily navigate, even if you are a novice.

Note: You can back up important information first to avoid data loss.

Here is a simple step-by-step guide:

  • Start EaseUS Partition Master and go to Disk Converter.
  • Select Convert MBR to GPT.
  • Select the destination disk to be converted and click Convert.

After converting an existing drive to GPT, you can expand it to use some free space.

Further Reading: How to Extend Windows Server Partition

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