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Thread: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

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    Nathan Guidry Guest

    How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    My C drive is running low on space on my 2003 server. The HD has 55GB free.
    I tried using DISKPART to try and extend the C drive from 12GB to 30GB, but
    I get an error that the volume may not be extended. Other than 3rd party
    software like Server Magic, is there a way to extend the System partition?

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    KDB Systems Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    On the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems, simple volumes can
    be extended unless they are system partitions, boot partitions, or simple
    volumes that were formerly partitions on basic disks that were converted to
    dynamic using Windows 2000.

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...oncepts_14.asp

    Is C: your system and/or boot partition?

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    Linnea Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server


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    wanderer Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    I would suspect it is both system and boot. As such only server magic
    can expand.

    Highly recommend you consider Ghosting the present disk to a new one.
    You can resize the c: partition by doing a partition to partition
    ghost.

    This is less expensive then the server magic version and a safer
    operation to do. I hightly recommend that if you go the server magic
    route that you backup d: and then delete it. Expand into raw space
    works almost all the time. Trying to shrink d: to provide space to
    expand c: can fail trashing the entire drive.

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    goback Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    It is strange that the first response of the people here is related to dynamic disk, is it because "volume"? Neither diskpart nor Disk management can solve the problem

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    a dynamic disk on server? you can use EASEUS Partition Master Server Edition, it support both server OS and dynamic disk. It is safe and much easier for computer users to resize system partition.There is how

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    longtail Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    I saw this question many times. Partition magic doesn't compatible with server 2003, try partition magic alternative it works well on servers

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    Ace Fekay [MCT] Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    I would honestly suggest to reinstall the operating system with the larger
    drive or partition size and not use any type of third party tool to extend a
    volume or partition. I've seen too many issues in the past with more than
    one customer trying these tools that resulted in reinstalling the operating
    system anyway to fix it.

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    win7er Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    It is not a good idea for a server to reinstall, but backup before any
    operate is useful. Resize the partition directly will reduce much
    downtime. See this 'how to extend server 2003 article'

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    joe123 Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    It is may not so convenient to reinstall a server.You can use the 3rd party
    software like easeus partition master to resize your partition. Before starting to enlarge c drive, remove the unallocated space to the end of C by software.
    Hope it would be helpful.

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    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    Diskpart is not a good tool to extend the system partition, there must be unallocated behind it. As far as I know, you cannot extend the system partition with diskpart command line.
    partition magic server is much better, easy to use and extend c drive without rebooting.

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    joe123 Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    i had tired the partition magic, but it didn't update for a long time. it may not be so suitable for my new os. but the latest partition master by easeus had helped me extend my drive. i remember i had followed the steps on this page

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    techgeekZ Guest

    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    As this thread quiet for a while, I wonder if you have solved your problem. Assuming you have fixed, in case of who have the same problem. I think there is a better solution with step by step tutorial. I hope it will be helpful.

    How to Extend System Partition C Drive on Windows Server:


    The Reason Why Get Error When Using Diskpart:

    Extension merely supports data volumes. It prohibits boot or system partition from being extended. That's the reason why the diskpart failed to extend the volume. And the partition where the system page file is stored is unavailable to extend unless the page file is moved to a partition which you would not like to extend.
    Last edited by techgeekZ; 18-04-2011 at 07:01 AM.

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    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    I was just hunting for this same problem.

    Looking through it seems the way to extend the system partition on Win2003 is to boot into a WinPE system, then you can extend the system partition just like you would a data partition, since windows is not actually running from the system once booted into WinPE.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/911896
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590

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    Re: How to extend C drive on Windows 2003 Server

    Quote Originally Posted by smarter View Post
    Diskpart is not a good tool to extend the system partition, there must be unallocated behind it. As far as I know, you cannot extend the system partition with diskpart command line.
    partition magic server is much better, easy to use and extend c drive without rebooting.
    Correct, LZ
    Smile is better

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