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33gb drive, Priv1.edb & stm consuming 30gb + others = 10mb!! PLEASE, best way to avoid disaster. read about offline defrag but no room. any pointers to step by step or other ideas. best part...I'm user level help desk, now apparently Exchange expert??wtf. help!!

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Download Raxco Defrag for Exchange. You will need to provide space to the server to perform the online defrag which or may not work with an external USB device. If it does, redirect the compaction to this USB drive. This program will automatically perform all needed steps to execute the offline defrag.

Link: http://www.perfectdisk.com/products/business-perfectdisk10-exchange/learn-more

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  • Bpina
    There are some areas on the server to check that can free up some large amounts of space. Look at C:WINDOWSsystem32LogFilesW3SVC1and you will likely find hundreds or more web service log files that may go back as far as when the server was first installed. Unless you have some auditing need to hang on to them, you can safely delete up to the last 2 weeks of them without any concerns about breaking Exchange. I have seen several hundred MBs and more of space reclaimed by deleting those old files. If you do want to retain them for safety's sake, copy them off to a flash drive before deleting them. Check the other log folders in there as well, you may be able to reclaim some additional space. That may buy you some time to begin looking for an external drive to use. You will still need a large drive with plenty of free space on it. Aquacer0's answer is certainly a good place to start, completely agree that additional space on a locally attached drive is your best bet. If you are lucky enough to have external SATA connectors that are not used on your server, find an external drive that (WD, Iomega, Seagate, etc.) that supports eSATA, that will speed things up considerably vs. a USB 2.0 connection. Or, if you have a little money and can afford the downtime, adding an additional SATA controller to the server with external SATA connectors is another option. In any case, make certain that you format the external drive as an NTFS partition, as your temporary edb file is certain to grow larger than the 4GB maximum file size that FAT32 supports. Good luck with it.
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  • uwantfries
    HUGE Thank you!!! Gained 450mb deleting log files. Now at least it will run and buy me time to become an overnight Exchange expert. Have a 1tb Seagate usb hd I will try to utilize for offline defrag, after going station to station the past few days deleting users sent and deleted files I expect to pick up a ton from the white space. Can't thank you guys enough! I'll have to change my handle to "still employed".
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  • Technochic
    Make sure you are added to the Exchange Administrators group to perform the defrag. Good luck to you! Perhaps you can change career directions now? I moved from help desk to Exchange Admin full time myself.
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