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Subject  :  Disk Full
Author  :  aqh
Date  :  18 Mar, 2005 on 15:24
I have no OS2 knowledge and have been given a problem by our QC dept. One of their systems has a fuill disk, are there any temp files i can delete and where are theyu located.

Subject  :  Re:Disk Full
Author  :  Radek hajek@vuv.cz
Date  :  18 Mar, 2005 on 16:40
The first question: Is the disk really full? That depends on the filesystem and also on the application that reports "disk full".

1. If the disk is larger than 8G then check:
Is the filesystem HPFS (something like NTFS, but better ) or JFS (journaling file system - suitable for big harddisks and allowing files greater than 2G). If it is not, then it is possible that the disk is LBA addressed and that only the first 8G of the disk is used.
If it is the case, then you should be able to create a new partition on the disk and make it a JFS or HPFS partition. You will move apps on the new partition and make some space on the system partition this way.

2. It can also happen (in the case of OS/2 warp v. 3 and 4) that the system runs old drivers which cannot handle disks larger than 8G. Also in this case, only the first 8G of the disc is used and the rest is unaccessible.
If it is the case then you will need to download new HD drivers from hobbes and install them. This will make the rest of the disc available.

2. See what is reporting "disk full".
If it is a DOS or 16 bit windows application, then it can happen that the app does not understand big harddisks. This happens often when you try to install a DOS or 16 bit windows app on a large partition and when the installer checks the available disk space. The data returned by the system will overflow (in the app) and they will be interpreted wrongly.
Such app must be installed on a partition which it understands (smaller than 2G). If it is only the installer that does not understand the disc then you can move the app on another partition after installation.

3. Suppse it's not the case and that the disk is really full. The fastest way to detect this case is opening a drive on the HD or listing some (does not matter which) directory at the OS/2 promt. Atthe end of the listing, you will get a "statistics", which will tell you how many of the disc is occupied and how many of the disc is free.

You cannot delete too many things from the system but the system occupies only about 400M of the disc so that the rest must be user apps and data. You will delete (archive, move away) these apps and data.
- If the machine has a CD burner then search for CD images. Delete them if they are already burnt.
- You can delete every user app that can be reinstalled. If the app has an uninstaller then run it.
- Once you get some space on the disc then archive everything that can be archived, burn it on a CD and remove it from the HD.

Then decide what to do next.


Subject  :  Re:Disk Full
Author  :  DavidG
Date  :  18 Mar, 2005 on 17:40

aqh (18 Mar, 2005 15:24):
I have no OS2 knowledge and have been given a problem by our QC dept. One of their systems has a fuill disk, are there any temp files i can delete and where are theyu located.

What version of OS/2 are you using? What fixpack?

What is the size of the disk?

How old is the computer OS/2 is on? This determines whether it has USB support and CDRW capabilities.

What is the machine used for? What is creating the files that are filling up the hard disk?

Can they add another hard drive to the system and move some of the data files over there? Again, what is creating all the files filling up the system?


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