How much space is needed for Win2k3 SP2?

Free hard disk space requirements for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2):

Space Required hard disk space if you install Windows Server 2003 SP2 from a shared folder on the network Required hard disk space if you install Windows Server 2003 SP2 from the Windows Server 2003 SP2 CD
Service pack 600 MB 1,750 MB
Working space 256 MB 256 MB
Total hard disk space that is required 1,200 MB 2,900 MB


Bottom line gang.. if that C: drive doesn’t have at least 3 to 4 gigs free to give you breathing room…. clean up that disk.  Use TreeSize or some other folder view tool to take a look at the files that you can clean up… old log files, old antivirus log files in particular….

2 Thoughts on “How much space is needed for Win2k3 SP2?

  1. Dale Unroe on March 19, 2007 at 12:23 pm said:

    Why is there such a large difference in space required between the two media types?

  2. Hi SBS Diva,

    We’ve had a lack of space scenario for a while. Our SBS was configured by the supplier and the C:\ drive arrived as 9Gb partition. To install SBS SP1 we had to move Exchange, logs, antivirus, service packs and all non-OS programs to another partition. After applying a whole load of patches over the years we find ourselves with 900Mb left – which as your post points out this is to little to install SP2.

    I can’t see how we can apply SP2 without extending the partition, however, the entire business is dependent on this box which makes this is extremely risky.

    Furthermore, its a minefield choosing the right software to do this. Plus you have my pet hate … most ‘server’ versions of partition software have ‘server’ pricing i.e. > £300 (500USD). Any ideas on a way forward and/or suggestions of good SBS partitioning software?



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