Paging File and Diskpart

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by rcir88, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. rcir88

    rcir88 Guest

    I have Windows 2003 Sever, Standard Edition. I’m running out of space on my
    hard drive and the system is slowing down. I have an array controller with a
    RAID 1 system already in place with two physical drives and one logical
    drive. I want to expand and extend the array to four physical drives and
    maintain one logical drive. To complete this task, after I install the hard
    drives and configure the array, which should not be a problem, I understand
    that I have to use Diskpart.exe from the command prompt to configure Disk
    Management in the Computer Management console. I foresee one looming problem
    which is that the logical drive is not partitioned, i.e., it has only one
    partition, and according the Diskpart instuctions (Article ID : 325590), “You
    cannot extend the partition if the system page file is located on the
    partition [you want to extend]. Move the page file to a partition that you
    do not wish to extend.†Since I only have one partition, there is no other
    partition to which to move the paging file. Is there a solution to this?
    And where is the paging file located anyway?
     
    rcir88, Dec 29, 2007
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  2. The paging file is by default c:\Pagefile.sys - use Explorer to
    see it! Since diskpart does not deal with the system drive,
    there is no need for you to worry. At the same time I don't
    see how you can use diskpart to have one drive (drive C:?)
    spread over four disks - as I said: diskpart won't touch the
    system drive.

    In a server environment you should use drive C: for Windows
    and for your applications. Drive D: should contain your data.
     
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Dec 29, 2007
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  3. rcir88

    rcir88 Guest

    Thank you for your response, which was helpful. I'd like to follow your
    suggestion of having another logical drive for my data; however, my C: drive
    does not have any unallocated space. I can create a logical drive on the
    array controller just using unused space on my hard drive (different from
    unallocated space), but then the directions read "To make newly created
    logical drives available for data storage, use the operating system disk
    management tools to create partitions and format the drives." This brings me
    back the the problem of not having any unallocated space on the hard drive,
    since I believe I need this to create a partition/logical drive. Is there a
    way to create a partition on the drive even though I don't have unallocated
    space?

     
    rcir88, Dec 30, 2007
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  4. You have to use one of the many partition managers, e.g. Acronis
    DiskDirector. Make sure to back up your important files first, and
    to perform a test recovery of the backed up files.


     
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Dec 30, 2007
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  5. rcir88

    rcir88 Guest

    Thank you again. I went to the Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 web page
    where they have supported operating systems listed. They have Windows XP but
    not Windows Server 2003. Would you happen to know if this software works on
    Windows Server 2003?

     
    rcir88, Dec 30, 2007
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  6. rcir88

    rcir88 Guest

    Never mind. On another page of the Acronis web site, it states that it works
    with Windows Server 2003 SP1. I have SP2, but I'm assuming it will still
    work. Thank you again.

     
    rcir88, Dec 30, 2007
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