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By jhender31 ·
I have a windows 2000 server with C: E: F:
F has all the users home directories and some other stuff. It is approaching capacity and all volumes are basic, not dynamic. I have no space that is not part of another volume. It appears i cannot extend this drive using space from a bigger one...like E:, which has plenty. (I think these 2 were confused and switched upon installation of the server.) Am i correct that i cannot extend this drive? Where can i get better info on this topic?

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Disk Configuration

If you change the drive into a dynamic drive (both of them) you can make a simple RAID type array. But in their basic state - good luck cause it is impossible

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by Bazz00 In reply to Disk Configuration

I think that the best solution would be to first make a backup of both E and F do not forget to verify that the backup works.

Then if you do not want to conver the disk to dynamic then you can delete both E, F and then recreate them but this time make E smaller thus freeing up space to create a larger partition for F. Once this is done then copy the data from the backup back to disk.

Or if you do not mind converting the disk to dynamic then delete E and resize F to the desired size and then recreate E again. Then copy back the data from the backup of E and defrag the disk. Just make sure that the drive letters and mappings are correct afterwards.

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by timwalsh In reply to Disk Configuration

You are correct.

From the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit, Operations Guide, page 10: "Windows 2000 cannot extend a dynamic volume that was a basic volume before the dynamic disk upgrade, ..."

Hope this helps.

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by M.R. In reply to Disk Configuration

Be very carefull with dynamic conversions. Your Q doesn't state if this is one disk or one disk array or multiple disks just that they are seperate letters. It may be a rare issue but a series of IBM servers had problems with having the C: drive converted to dynamic. As always backup. You may choose to save some headache and get something like ServerMagic and let it repartition without deleting. You can also add a disk (assuming not already a RAID set) and span/extend but this increases chances of a drive failure destroying more data. If you are using RAID, some makes (IBM, Compaq) support adding a disk to the array and having it appear as free space in NT.

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