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By jj2473 ·
I need some help... I am working on a clients machine that has a AMI Enterprise 1200 raid card, with two internal 18 gig disks and a external array with 4 disks. I need to do a fresh install but it will not allow me to install to the complete 18 gigdisk. So I created a partition and now I would like to extend it to use the full amount. Or tell me how to get it to use the whole disk on install.

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by DKlippert In reply to Extending a system partit ...

The neatest solution is PartionMagic.

WWW.PowerQuest.com

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by Tyson Mock In reply to Extending a system partit ...

Hello,
I will assume you are talking about Windows NT 4.0 and tell you this:

The size of the boot partition generated by Windows NT setup is limited to 4 gigabytes (GB) because Windows NT Setup must first format the partition to the FAT file system. Although it is possible to select NTFS for the boot partition during Setup, this partition is first formatted to FAT, Setup completes, then the partition is converted to NTFS. Because the FAT file system is limited to a 4-GB partition size, the boot partition for Windows NT is also effectively limited to 4 GB.

Move the hard drive to another system running Windows NT and attach it to the same make, model controller as on the original system. Run disk administrator and make a larger NTFS partition of up to 7.8gb formatted. As long as the drive is being translated, the partition table entry should contain valid starting Cylinder, Side, and sector values used for booting. The drive can then be moved back to the original system and ready for Windows NT installation.

The info above was pulled from Knowledgebase Article Q119447

I understand you would like to take your current setup and extend the system partition beyond its current state which is probably around 4GB. You can do this with a program called PartitionMagic from Powerquest software but they have a warning about it possibly not booting when moved beyond 7.8GB and this has something to do with the geometry but I am not sure why. I have successfully moved NTFS System partions for Win2K systems beyond that size with no problem but have not had a chance to try it on Win NT 4.0. I would be interested in finding out how it went if you decide to try it. Of course, be sure to backup your data first!

Partition and Format your drive for NTFS prior to running Windows NT 4.0 setup is probably your safer bet and might result in less time spent on doing this.

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by Dynamo2003 In reply to Extending a system partit ...

Use Partition Magic.

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by teddyrux In reply to Extending a system partit ...

I'm assuming that you have NT4. Load SP6A, this is required to create larger partitions. Use a product like Partition Magic (yes it does work) to resize the partition. Remember, if you have to do a full restore for any reason, you will have to repeat the process before you do the restore.
good luck

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