Extending 2003 Server system/boot volume

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Terry Hall, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Terry Hall

    Terry Hall Guest

    Anyone know of any tools that will allow me to extend the 2003 Server
    system/boot volume? I inherited a server from someone who obviously thought
    10Gb was always going to be sufficient.and, of course, I'm rapidly running
    out of space due to service packs, etc. Neither Symantec's Partition Magic
    nor Paragon's Partition Manager Server Edition appear to be any good for
    this because my OS resides on a RAID system.
    Terry Hall, Apr 12, 2008
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  2. AFAIK, Acronis DiskDirector (Server) will do it.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Apr 12, 2008
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  3. Terry Hall

    Anteaus Guest

    Other thing is to look for items that are wasting space.

    i386 folder, $NTUninstall folders, logs,etc.

    Plus, you can move the swapfile to another volume.

    Unless you're running some very exotic stuff I'd be surprised if a server C:
    drive should need 10GB. (Though I normally give them >20 to be safe!)
    Anteaus, Apr 13, 2008
  4. In my experience a 10GByte primary server partition is so
    tight that it will always require ongoing attention. The 20
    GBytes you mention would be a far more comfortable value.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Apr 13, 2008
  5. Terry Hall

    Newell White Guest

    Do you have to resize? I inherited an even tighter situation.

    We run our DC (hosting DHCP, DNS, WINS, file server and App Server for
    database serving entire design, manufacture, and sales functions) with 7.84
    Gbyte of C: drive, currently 1Gbyte is free.

    I freed up space on the C: drive by following steps:

    1) 1.5Gbyte - Move most of C:\pagefile.sys to D:

    Create a new file D:\pagefile.sys, min = 1536Mbyte, max = 1536Mbyte
    Modify file C:\pagefile.sys, min = 128Mbyte, max = 128Mbyte

    Use regedit.exe to set
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Mnager\Memory Management
    ClearPageFileAtShutdown DWORD 0 => 1

    Takes effect when you re-boot.

    2) 1Gbyte - Move all folders C:\windows\$nt*uninst* to D:\exc_windows\

    You can't uninstall MS updates to your operating system without moving them
    back, but in 2 years in this job I have never wanted to!

    3) 0.65Gbyte - move app software
    If you have install CD or download, uninstall from C:\Program Files\ and
    re-install in D:\moved_programs\

    These changes have been in place for 2 years with no problems.

    4) 0.16Gbyte - Move folders C:\windows\ie7 and \ie7updates to D:\exc_windows\

    Done this morning.
    Newell White, Apr 14, 2008
  6. Terry Hall

    leew [MVP] Guest

    10 GB is sufficient with just a little bit of management and some
    reconfiguration. You should NOT have Exchange running off the C: drive
    - put it on another partition (preferably a dedicated partition and more
    preferably, a dedicated disk array).

    I have a web page with over 20 things you can do to alleviate disk space
    issues WITHOUT resizing. please see

    leew [MVP], Apr 15, 2008
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