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By Stager ·
We are currently running windows 2003 server. We are running out of space on the C drive on it. Will it cause a problem with the server to move to uninstall files from the windows updates to help free some space. If you have any ideas about repartioning the system drive, let me know. It is currently set up with a C (4 gigs) and E drive (120 gig). Is there anyway to repartion them without loosing the data stored on them?

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by CG IT In reply to Partition Drive Space

only with a 3rd party partitioning program and then that program has to be able to work with NTFS formatted disks. It gets more complicated if you have dynamic disks. I use partiton commander version 8.0 but it doesnt like dynamic disks. havent tried other programs to see if they work with dynamic disks.

Though its a real pain in the butt to do, I recommend starting over from scratch. If you have only 1 drive, create a boot partition/system partition of 12 to 15 GB on a dynamic disk, setup the rest of the drive as a dynamic disk and mirror the system driver [RAID 5]. Better yet, go with a hardware RAID mirror [2 identical drives of 15GB] and a 3rd drive of whatever size you need for applications.

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well I know partition commander wont work with hardware RAID. We had a problem with a DC that used a mirrored hardware RAID. didn't work.

Dont know about any of the other products. we learned our lesson on running out of space on a DC and moved over to having all DCs with 20GB mirrored drives with hardware RAID. overkill but HDD prices are pretty cheap especially the 20 and 30GB drives.

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by Stager In reply to Partition Drive Space

We have two partitions, with 3 drives in RAID 5.

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by CaShorty42 In reply to Partition Drive Space

No you cannot becasue when you are partioning the server you are wipeing everrthing out of your computer so that means that you have to start all over from scratch.

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by Mini_Bonez In reply to Partition Drive Space

If you are thinking about repartion you drives you should write all your needed files in to cd or transfer the needed data to another type of storage system, repartion your drives then restore the data.

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Just wanted to know if I could do it without deleting. thank anyways tho

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by Stager In reply to Partition Drive Space

We have everything fully backed up. We were just hoping to not have to go that route.

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by drsysadmin In reply to Partition Drive Space

CG IT is correct - a third party application like partition-magic will do what you need without losing your data. Just drop some space from E and make it usable on C. Make sure you defrag your drive first - and you should run checkdisk after the procedure as well.
Luck.
Dr. Sys

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