NT system drive expansion for 2003 server

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by Chuck, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    there must be a better way than using partition magic or doing some crazy
    things with ghost to increase the size of the system partition form 4 GB to
    whatever you want in 2003 server. I have found a knowledge base article ( i
    thought) before on this subject, but have since misplaced it. any ideas
    here? thanks for your input.
     
    Chuck, Jun 23, 2004
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  2. Chuck

    You might be able to extend the system/boot partition if it still is on a
    basic disk.

    You will need free contiguous space after C: in order to extend it. In
    other words, you would need to delete the partition after C:, if you have
    any.

    Use diskpart.exe from "safe mode with command prompt" to extend
    the partition.

    This is normally not recommended on the system partition, but usually works
    anyway. Also see this MS Knowledge Base article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325590

    Another option is to perform an upgrade installation, as this article
    describes:

    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325857

    Volume Manager from Powerquest, or other third party utilities, might also
    be an option.

    Best regards

    Bjorn
     
    Bjorn Landemoo, Jun 23, 2004
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  3. Hi Chuck,

    Thanks for posting.

    As what Bjorn had already explained, it is better to remove and recreated
    the system partition to get extend your original system/boot partition.

    It is not suggested to use these third party tools to resize disk directly
    on the system/boot partitions.

    I believe a more practical way is a combination of the third party tools
    and ms tools.

    NOTE: The steps below contain usage of third party tools and we provided it
    "as is" with no warranties and confers no rights.

    If you get the Ghost tool, we may do it like below:

    1. Convert the C: partition to a partition type that support >4G size like
    FAT32 or NTFS.
    2. Ghost the C: partition to a file to your second physical hard disk.
    3. Repartition the first hard disk to the size you like using Fdisk.
    4. Ghost the original C:\ partition back.

    NOTE: The tip here is that the Ghost allows to restore partition image to a
    partition that is larger than the original partition with the same
    partition type.

    Hope this helps!

    Have a great day!

    Best Regards,

    Jeff Qiu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
    MCSE 2k/2k3, MCSA 2k/2k3, MCDBA
    Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security
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    Jeff Qiu [MSFT], Jun 24, 2004
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  4. Chuck

    Sully Guest

    Hi Jeff,

    I wanted to Ghost the drive and ajdust the partition, but I am fresh to RAID
    (and in fact new to all of this since our networ guru left and I got the
    Network admin job added to the rest of my work!) and cant get Ghost to work
    in this case. I assume I'm just being a bit dumb.

    My basic requirement is to extend the C:\ partition from the NT4 max of 4Gb
    but diskpart.exe does not work either, saying "The volume you have selected
    may not be extended. Please select another volume and try again."

    I am now plain stuck!

    I'm sure if I knew what I was doing I could get the result, bt for now I
    just pray that the patience I have seen in this newsgroup will be extended to
    this newbie!

    Cheers,

    Ian Sullivan.

     
    Sully, Aug 11, 2004
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  5. Hi Ian,

    Actually, what I said in my last reply is to recreate that partition that
    needs to be resized. That kind of partition usually cannot be extended by
    diskpart.

    What I suggested is basically to backup that partition and then
    remove/recreate it in new size.

    You may do it by fdisk and format. Here is an article about how to do it:
    255867 How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255867

    If anything else is unclear, please feel free to post back.

    Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Jeff Qiu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
    MCSE 2k/2k3, MCSA 2k/2k3, MCDBA
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    Jeff Qiu [MSFT], Aug 12, 2004
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  6. You are welcome! Ian.

    Have a nice day!

    Best Regards,

    Jeff Qiu
    Microsoft Online Partner Support
    MCSE 2k/2k3, MCSA 2k/2k3, MCDBA
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    Jeff Qiu [MSFT], Aug 13, 2004
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