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increasing size of NT4 boot partition

By net-tekkie ·
I'm trying to make the C boot drive larger on an NT4 server. The current drive is split into C and D, C being 1.2 Gig. FAT and D is 4 Gigs NTFS. I tried to use Ghost 2002 to migrate it to a 40 Gig. drive, but it wouldn't boot afterward (using Ghost to increase the size of the boot partition to 4 gigs). I'm thinking maybe I can convert the boot partition to NTFS before the ghost & maybe it'll go better. Has anyone tried this? Other suggestions?

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by LordInfidel In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

Ok here is your problem

Your c drive is fat, which has a 2 gig limit.

You can not ghost that partition to a 40gig partition, it will not boot.

You are correct in your theory of converting.
Convert your current c drive to NTFS.

Then Ghost from Partition to Disk. Then copy your D drive over to the rest of the drive.

Do not go disk to disk or part to part because you will end up with the 1.2 boot part again.

Go Partition to Disk.

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by net-tekkie In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

Although there was no "partition to disk" option with Ghost 2002 (only to partition or to image), selecting the partiton copy seemed to make the difference. I made a 1:1 copy then converted to NTFS then increased the size with PQMAGIC. Ghosting D to the second partition made C non-boot (??) so I erased it and put D on a second hard drive for now. Your answer seemed to help the most, although others were close.

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by VinnyD In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

NT4 will not boot from a partition that is greater then 7GB!

That is a limitation of NT4.0

You do have to convert to NTFS in order to make the partition larger than 2gb. A FAT partition can only be 2GB as the max.

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by net-tekkie In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

I knew this, but strangely ghost 2002 let met make it a 4 Gig FAT partition, with the statement that I was creating a "plus size" FAT 16 partition (I forget the exact words)which can only be booted by NT4. Never heard that one before.

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by embassy_16 In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

If can get your hands on it, I would try to use Partition Majic. It supports FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file expantion.

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by net-tekkie In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

Part Magic doesn't support NT Server. Volume manager does, but didn't allow the volume to be expanded or converted for some reason

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by Cactus Pete In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

My preferred method for something like this is to use backup software, then replace the drive [or resize the partition] and then restore.

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by net-tekkie In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

That seems like a lot of work, since you usually have to install the OS & restore s/w first.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

The backup/restore method isn't so bad if your backup software is relatively new. There are "bare metal" restore options now. Also, I feel it's the safest method, even if there is some more time involved. ...just furthering my explanation..

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by net-tekkie In reply to increasing size of NT4 bo ...

software is Seagate Backup Exec (Veritas) version 7.2--I don't particularly like it, but it exists and getting other software is expensive. Thanks for the input, though.

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