Extending the boot drive

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by IanHale, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. IanHale

    IanHale Guest

    I am running SBS 2003 which has recently started having performance problems.
    Having checked it out, I discovered C: was down to less than 5% free space
    and so clearly needed more capacity.

    However, when ! tried to extend the volume, SBS came back with - an error
    message saying it could not extend the drive as it was a boot drive that was
    originally a basic drive.

    Do I have to rebuld the system, reformatting the drive and reloading the
    system or is there any way out of this?

    For info, my C drive is 12GByte and a dynamic drive and I have 99GByte of
    unalllocated space currently.

    All thoughts appreciated.
    IanHale, Jul 31, 2005
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  2. IanHale

    Mike Guest

    Use a copy of Ghost 2003

    You can COPY the drive to al LARGER destination drive
    You can reconfigure the partitions SIZE as appropriate!

    Should also work with a hardware mirror such (2 drives on Adaptec 29320-A
    SCSI controller)
    Mike, Jul 31, 2005
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  3. If Dell contact them as they have an Extender utility that will work on
    SATA drives.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Jul 31, 2005
  4. IanHale

    IanHale Guest

    Although Dell - this uses older IDE drives - do you know if the utility is
    limited to SATA drives?
    IanHale, Jul 31, 2005
  5. IanHale

    IanHale Guest

    Thanks for the thought - presumably I can install Ghost on another drive?
    I've also noticed that Symantec don't mention server 2003 as a suitable
    system for Ghost - will this be okay?

    One thing I did not mention on the original post was that the server is
    completely backed up using Retrospect so I'm not too worried about retrieving
    all the data (apart from the effort required!). Does Ghost provide advantages
    - e.g. by reducing the need to starty again from scratch?
    IanHale, Jul 31, 2005
  6. I don't think so, no.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Jul 31, 2005
  7. Ping me with your real email addy
    [this is my live email address]
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Jul 31, 2005
  8. IanHale

    Mike Guest

    Install Ghost 2003 onto a Workstation
    You can then make a DOS Boot disk (come with IBM PCDOS built-in - use PCDOS)
    (Ghost 2005 is a different animal & comes with Ghost 2003 (lite) to enable
    you to do what we are talking about.... try e-bay if you can't find a copy)

    I would Experiment with a Workstation first !!!

    I didn't read the 99Gb free bit !!!
    In that case just get another drive of similar or higher capacity
    (120gb IDE you are talking what £40??)
    Heck you can probably afford HIGHER capacity!

    Personally would use SCSI - (don't belive the crap about SATA.... pure
    For reliability and performance you can't beat SCSI
    Normally I use an Adpetec 29320-A SCSI Controller (which supports RAID-0 &

    Boot with the DOS boot disk which take you into a Graphics Screen where
    you choose type of copy (image = save to a File) - use Disk to Disk
    Make a Drive to Drive copy - you can adjust the partition size as necessary.

    If you use a LARGER capacity - Ghost will automatically offer you adjusted
    size (proportional)
    which you can adjust.

    I use Ghost ALL the time and each of my 20 or so clients have a safe copy of
    their server
    Its a great tool to put away a snap-shot of the Windows 2003 SBS before
    doing any changes ie. MonkeySoft Service packs these are a bloody paid -
    hourly/daily/weekly/monthly !!!
    (personally I turn off the Automatic updates and use a 3 monthly cycle for
    my clients
    no one xxxx up your systems better than monkeysoft)
    Mike, Aug 1, 2005
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