Dell PowerEdge 2800: need to extend C: partition

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gregg Hill, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest


    I have a Dell PowerEdge 2800 that started out with two hardware-mirrored
    73GB SCSI drives (on a Perc 4e/Di controller), partitioned into the standard
    Dell 12GB C: drive and the remainder as the D: drive. I just installed
    mirrored 146GB drives and made them the new D: drive, and now I want to
    delete the old D: partition on the end of the 73GB drive and extend the C:

    Dell has an ExtPart utility that they said would do it, but the more I read
    here, the more I am not sure about it. I know the MS DiskPart utility will
    not extend boot or system partitions, but what about ExtPart from Dell? Can
    it extend the C: drive (boot and system drive) without data loss?

    Will Dell OpenManage or Array manager do it?

    Any ideas are welcome!

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Mar 14, 2006
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    David Parkes Guest

    David Parkes, Mar 14, 2006
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  3. Only the extension of data volumes is supported. System or boot volumes may
    be blocked from being extended, and you may receive the following error:
    Diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid
    for extending

    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Mar 14, 2006
  4. Gregg Hill

    David Parkes Guest

    I Love you SuperGumby!

    I forgot to let him know that.

    David Parkes, Mar 14, 2006
  5. Open Manage and Array Manager won't do it. Also, Array Manager is obsolete,
    so you may want to uninstall it in favor of the newest version of Open
    Manage Server Administrator.

    I would call Dell server support and ask them about their utility, and about
    other suggestions they may have for increasing the partition size. If the
    rep doesn't inspire your confidence, tell him your trash can is on fire and
    you need to call back later. Wait a while so you're sure to get a different

    Alternatively, you could make do with a 12 GB partition, which should be
    plenty if you move everything you can. I just replaced a PE2600 that ran
    SBS on an 8 GB partition since the release of SBS 2K. A little tight - I
    maxed at around 1.5 GB free.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Mar 14, 2006
  6. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    I mentioned that in my post!

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Mar 14, 2006
  7. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    Well, it looks as though another call to Dell is in order. Thank you for
    your input!

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Mar 14, 2006
  8. Hi Greg,

    You could use Acronis Disk manager to do that.

    Else as you have just a Mirror set you could.

    Break the mirror (7 years bad luck I know)

    Use norton Ghost to clone the single drive to the old mirror - expanding the
    sizes as required during the ghosting

    Once running just re-mirror and that should be fine.

    Most manufacturers tools will NOT expand the System/Boot partitions.

    TimeTraveller, Mar 14, 2006
  9. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest


    Since this is RAID1 on the Dell hardware Perc 4e/Di controller, what would
    happen if I break the mirror? Would I **need** to break it for Ghost to

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Mar 14, 2006
  10. You would need to break it to be able to ghost to a 73GB drive, pretty sure
    you would need to anyway.

    You can always re-mirror it afterwards.

    TimeTraveller, Mar 14, 2006
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