I have a computer that has a 20 gig hard drive and I keep running out of room. I have found out why. In windows there is a directory c:\windows\csc and that stupid directory is over 12 gig. How can I clean that up. I know windows xp ussually takes up about 2 gig. When i did a right click on windows and properties it came back as 18 gig.
Thanks for the help. I really like your forum. very usefull. I hate windows but I have to use it.
Yes this is in a network. server is server 2003. I currently have 2 computers that have over 12 gig used. The desktop that I use is just over 5 gig. But it looks like the client side cache was the problem. I now have 5 + gig and growing free on both of those computers. shift+control and delete files worked. just a slow process.
Did you read this section of the page charlesvar's link referred to? In particular the line "Do not directly delete or move any files from the systemroot\CSC folder." I'm a little concerned that either the problem will reoccur or you may have broken something that will only become apparent at a later date.
Deleting Files and Folders
You can use two methods to safely remove offline files from the cache without affecting network files or folders. You can delete selected files from the Offline Files folder, or you can delete all files associated with a particular network share by using the Delete Files feature from the Offline Files property page. Do not directly delete or move any files from the systemroot\CSC folder.
Deleting Files from the Offline Files Folder
You can open the Offline Files Folder and delete files directly from the list of offline files. Deleting a file this way removes it from the cache regardless of whether it was manually or automatically cached.
Note Deleting files and folders from the cache does not delete the network copy of the file or folder.
If an offline folder is manually cached and you delete any or all offline files in the folder, the folder remains pinned. All files in the folder are cached the next time a full synchronization occurs.
To delete files from the cache using the Offline Files Folder
1. Click a folder, and then on the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
2. On the Offline Files tab, click View Files.
3. Click the files you want to delete, and then on the File menu, click Delete.
In this view of the Offline Files folder, you can see which files are automatically cached (temporarily available offline) and which are manually cached (always available offline). If you delete manually cached folders this way, the folders and files in them are no longer pinned. You need to pin the files or folders to make them available offline again.
To delete files from the cache on a network share
1. Click a shared network folder, and then on the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
2. On the Offline Files tab, click Delete Files.
3. In the Confirm File Delete dialog box, select the shared folders containing the offline files you want to delete.
4. Click Delete only the temporary offline versions if you want to delete files that were automatically cached. Click Delete both the temporary offline versions and the versions that are always available offline if you want to delete files that were automatically cached and files that were manually cached (pinned).
Files are also deleted from the cache whenever an offline file is deleted by using a normal user path, such as Windows Explorer, My Computer, the Run dialog box, or the command prompt. When users verify that they want to delete a file, the file is removed from the cache. This is not an effective way to clean up the cache because it also deletes files in the shared network folder. However, the files are deleted immediately only if the associated network share is online. If the share is offline, the local copy is deleted and the Synchronization Conflict notification is displayed during the next interactive synchronization.