Logically extending partitions onto anothe drive

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gitendra Proctor, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Hi

    I have a Windows 2003 SBS Server, with 2 (Boot and Data) partitions on 1
    disk. I am almost out of disk space on both.

    I have now installed a 2nd hard disk. Is it possible to logically extend the
    partition 1 and partition 2 on disk 1 to tell it to use the disk space onto
    drive 2.

    To make myself clearer - Say on disk A, partition A1 is 20GB, and partition
    A2 is 60GB. Say my new disk B also has 2 partitions. Partition B1 is 100GB
    and partition B2 is 200GB. Can I configure the server so that Disk A,
    partition A1 spills over to Disk B, partition B1. And Disk A, partition A2
    spills over to disk B partition B2.

    Thus logically Disk A, partition A1 is 120GB (20+100), and Disk A, partition
    2 is 260GB (60+200).

    Thanks for any help.

    Regards
    Gitendra
     
    Gitendra Proctor, Mar 14, 2006
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  2. Gitendra Proctor

    Crina Li Guest

    Hi Gitendra,

    Thank you for posting in SBS newsgroup.

    From the description, I understand the issue to be: You have now installed
    a 2nd hard disk. You want to know how to extend the partition 1 and
    partition 2 on disk 1 to tell it to use the disk space onto drive 2. It
    means how to configure the server so that Disk A, partition A1 spills over
    to Disk B, partition B1. And Disk A, partition A2 spills over to disk B
    partition B2. If I have misunderstood your concerns, please do not hesitate
    to let me know.

    Note: Please always remember to do full backup of your server in case of
    problems. You can refer to the following articles to do a backup of SBS:

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/d/8/bd8e1a40-d202-429a-8eb7-26300d6
    2bcc9/BKU_BkupRstr.doc

    As I know, we do not support expanding the system or boot drive without a
    clean installation. However we can move the data to the second hard disk.
    You can refer to the following documents:

    Moving Data Folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=A1D0AF69-1287-4225-
    BD8B-59C89F44984B&displaylang=en

    Also you may hear some other ways to extend the drive. Let me list them one
    by one:

    1. Dynamic disks

    We can extend a dynamic volume to get more space. BUT there are some
    limitations to extend a dynamic volume:

    1) You can only extend NTFS volumes or volumes that do not yet contain a
    file system.
    2) You can extend simple and spanned volumes only when the volume was
    originally created on a dynamic disk. Simple or spanned volumes that result
    from a basic to dynamic disk upgrade cannot be extended.
    3) You CANNOT extend the system or boot volume.

    2. Third party utilities:

    There are also some third party tools that you can use to extend the
    partition. For example: PartitionMagic, V2i Protector and BootIt

    More information regarding dynamic disk:

    323442 HOW TO: Use the Disk Management Snap-in to Manage Basic and Dynamic
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=323442

    816307 Best practices for using dynamic disks on Windows Server 2003-based
    computers
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;816307

    325590 How to use Diskpart.exe to extend a data volume in Windows Server
    2003, in Windows XP, and in Windows 2000
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;325590

    225551 Restrictions on Extending or Spanning Simple Volumes on Dynamic Disks
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;225551

    Basic and Dynamic Disks
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnw2kmag00/
    html/DynamicDisks.asp

    I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Crina Li (MSFT)

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    | From: "Gitendra Proctor" <>
    | Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs
    | Subject: Logically extending partitions onto anothe drive
    | Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 22:07:10 +1100
    | |
    | Hi
    |
    | I have a Windows 2003 SBS Server, with 2 (Boot and Data) partitions on 1
    | disk. I am almost out of disk space on both.
    |
    | I have now installed a 2nd hard disk. Is it possible to logically extend
    the
    | partition 1 and partition 2 on disk 1 to tell it to use the disk space
    onto
    | drive 2.
    |
    | To make myself clearer - Say on disk A, partition A1 is 20GB, and
    partition
    | A2 is 60GB. Say my new disk B also has 2 partitions. Partition B1 is
    100GB
    | and partition B2 is 200GB. Can I configure the server so that Disk A,
    | partition A1 spills over to Disk B, partition B1. And Disk A, partition
    A2
    | spills over to disk B partition B2.
    |
    | Thus logically Disk A, partition A1 is 120GB (20+100), and Disk A,
    partition
    | 2 is 260GB (60+200).
    |
    | Thanks for any help.
    |
    | Regards
    | Gitendra
    |
    |
    |
    |
    |
     
    Crina Li, Mar 15, 2006
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