Query on extending Windows Server 2003 Boot drive

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by John Dougrez-Lewis, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. I am running out of space on my Windows 2003 Server Boot drive and need
    to increase the space available.

    I've been developing with MS operating systems for over 20 years and
    *always* have grief trying to increase boot partition sizes when I run
    out of space. The likes of PartitionMagic may work fine with non-server
    MS OS's, but not W2K3.

    I'm aware of the DISKPART.EXE utility, but this does *not* work with
    W2K3 boot drives.

    I do *not* want to mount another drive as subdirectory since I want all
    my OS system and program files on a drive and don't want to have a
    dependency on a subsequently mounted drive.

    It appears that this is one area that MS have *never* addressed (why?).

    I would be happy to install a 2nd physical drive and backup and restore
    the boot drive to a new partition on the new disk, but have concerns of
    the likes of the MBR being copied across and no longing matching the
    physical drive geometry and then not working.

    I'd also like to avoid a reinstall of the OS, since if I can't maintain
    the previous settings for the previously installed system and programs,
    then it takes me 2 days to reinstall my development environment.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for tried-and-tested methods for
    increasing the W2K3 boot partition size?


    Regards,

    John
     
    John Dougrez-Lewis, Apr 17, 2005
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  2. John Dougrez-Lewis

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Acronis True Image worked for me. Only DC in small network running DHCP,
    DNS, WINS and RRAS. Cloned SCSI drive to a bigger SCSI drive, removed old
    drive, set new drive as boot drive and it worked. I now use it for backups
    as well.

    http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATISWin/features.html

    Kerry
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 17, 2005
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  3. Acronis True Image worked for me. Only DC in small network running DHCP,
    Thanks,

    ....but at $699, it's almost as expensive as the upgrade disk drive.


    Regards,

    John
     
    John Dougrez-Lewis, Apr 19, 2005
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  4. Having said that, I found that Acronis have another product, Migrate
    Easy 7 for $39.99, which performs precisely the HDD-Cloning operation I
    required and it even works under W2K3.

    Instead of having to spend 2 days re-installing the system, I was able
    to complete the upgrade in under 2 hours and I haven't had any problems
    since.

    I am very satisified and impressed by the product which fills a genuine
    gap in the market:

    http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/


    Regards,

    John
     
    John Dougrez-Lewis, Apr 24, 2005
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  5. John Dougrez-Lewis

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Guess it pays to look at the full product line. I wasn't aware of that
    program. Thanks for posting back your results.

    Kerry
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 24, 2005
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