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    Repartitioning server drives

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    by fvillasenor ·

    I am looking for advice on how to reallocate/resize the bootdrive (C:)of my server running 2000 in a raid 5 configuration without having to use third party software like Partiton magic or the like. Is this even possible?

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    • #3231057

      Reply To: Repartitioning server drives

      by rkuhn040172 ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      You could do it in Disk Management if you had spare unallocated drive space after the C: drive.

      However, there are some pretty tight restrictions on what you can and can’t do with Disk Manager.

      Also, while Partition Magic is a great product, I don’t believe it works on most server OS’s such as 2000 or 2003.

      There are some 3rd party products out there that will work, however, they are somewhat pricey.

      If it were me, and I did this just about 1-2 months ago, backup everything and start over. You’ll save $ and time in the long run anyways.

    • #3230981

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      by p.j.hutchison ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      In Win 2000 it is possible to Extend a partition to any free space. Ideally, you would spend some money on a product such as Partition Manager from paragon which is not expensive.

      http://www.partition-manager.com/

    • #3230962

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      by icb’s corner ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      There is a little complicate because you have RAID.
      Usually the server has a tool for that action. Could work under Windows 2000 or a special bootable CD. First of all you must broke the RAID and after that you can repartition next rebuild the RAID. My advice is to make a backup and proceed with caution.

    • #3230926

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      by fvillasenor ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      Backing up and restoring would be a last resort for me considering this is my Domain Controller hosting Active Directory. Thanks for the advice.

    • #3230891

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      by curlergirl ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      There is no native way in Win2K to extend the boot/system partition. Although Win2K allows you to extend other partitions, you can’t do it with the system partition. Therefore, your only choices are 3rd party tools or the backup and restore scenario. Frankly, I haven’t seen any 3rd party tools lately that will work in a server-based situation, particularly when you add RAID into the picture, except for high-priced enterprise level storage management solutions.

      Sorry for the bad news!

    • #3007159

      better idea to repartition server drive

      by power zhu ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      You may use diskpart that provided by windows to solve this problem, but there are many limitation. You cannot expand the partition if there is no unallocated space behind it, and you cannot control the operations visually.

      it is not a good idea to do complex works on the server, why not use the professional repartitioning tool to do this job. I used easeus partition master, support raid and server perfectly, it can enlarge the partition without breaking the server working, say nothing of resizing partitions.
      BTW, check http://www.partition-tool.com/partition-magic/resize-partition-on-windows-server.htm
      http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/extend-ntfs-system-partition-without-reboot.htm

      • #2996416

        Good answer

        by longtail ·

        In reply to better idea to repartition server drive

        This is a good answer, the article is very clear and helped me solve a the big problem, especially the feature, exlarged my server without downtime, thanks.

    • #2881391

      repartition server drives

      by junehe ·

      In reply to Repartitioning server drives

      I have used a partition software to make this resizing work to be possible. I used Aomei Partition Assistant Server Edition.if you used it , you”ll be surprised that power. In a word , full-fledged .

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