How to get back 30% to 50% of your server storage space

How to get back 30% to 50% of your server storage space

Steven Toole

Let's face it - manually combing through file and print servers to delete obsolete or non-business-related data every week is no way to spend your time. Adding disk space is a short-term solution that fails to consider the long-term costs of managing additional storage resources. Why not perform an audit of what's on your servers today to quickly and easily identify large volumes of data that can be moved offline or deleted? This includes outdated files (1 year since accessed), duplicate files, large stale files, games, non-business related graphic files, MP3 files, movies, wave files, unauthorized executables, etc.

A good storage resource management software suite will enable you to schedule regular audits or launch them as a result of a quota threshold being reached and even block any unwanted file types from being written to your servers in the future to keep your servers clean, proactively.

About the author: This tip was submitted and prepared by Steven Toole, vice president of Marketing at WQuinn, a provider of storage management tools for Windows NT/2000. For more information about WQuinn, see the company's Web site at

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This was first published in February 2001

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