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Problem Drive C has only 8% free space

By kcav ·
My system drive has only 323MB of free space, however there is 10.33GB of contiguous space on the same hard drive that is unallocated. The drive is labeled Dynaic in Storage SystemManager, but when I tried to Extend Volume, it said, ?Selected volume was originally on a basic disk and can not be extended.? What should I do?

I have another drive on the system with 13.25GB of free space. Should I install another OS on it, boot under the temporary OS, copy the present OS to a temporary directory, reformat what is now my boot drive, and then copy the existing OS back? or is there a simpler way. The workstation is connected to a Fast Ethernet LAN.

How can a drive be labeled Dynamic when you can?t expand its partition?

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by dRb63 In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

Here's the article on making your disk "basic". You need to convert the drive back to basic from dynamic. NOTE: remove erroneous spaces from URL.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000&sd=tech

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by kcav In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

Read article, would like more informatiom. See comment.

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by kcav In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

Puzzled and bewildered, why can?t I extend my partition?

I didn?t know that ? You cannot create dynamic volumes on (or access dynamic volumes from) a Windows 2000 Professional-based computer that has the DOS operating system running?, but that is what it said, in article I read.

To my surprise, I discovered DOS installed on one of my drives. I remove it, and tried again to extend my partition. And it still said, ?Selected volume was originally on a basic disk and can not be extended.?

I wonder why I can?t extend the partition on a Dynamic drive, running under Windows 2000 Professional, on a drive labeled Dynamic, when there is unallocated space on the drive?

My-be it sends the error message because the system is running off the partition I am trying to Extend, and it acts like a Basic drive.

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by kcav In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

When I tried to copy the contents of the System partition to another drive with the system running it said, ?Sharing violation?.

How can access the workstation while its not running, so I can extend the system drive partition?

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by kcav In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

I have never used WOL. Does this mean I can logon from another computer and Extend the partition of the system directory?

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by dRb63 In reply to Problem Drive C has only ...

After reading your commments, I think you might be confused with what the capabiliies are and what you want to do. By default, when 2000/XP installs, the partition is basic. Once the partition is converted to dynamic, you can then "extend" the partition to another "volume". This is not something what you might be thinking as to "extend" a current partition from 20GB to 30GB if your system has a 40GB drive. This is not the case.

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