Resizing the C drive

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Eddie, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Eddie

    Eddie Guest

    I have a windows 2003 server that needs to have the C drive resized. The C
    drive disks are dynamic. The server has other hard drives that I could delete
    the data off of and use to increase the C drive. The drive is set to raid 1.
    thanks for the help.
    Eddie, Mar 11, 2009
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  2. Eddie

    Grant Taylor Guest

    First off, Windows 2003 (per the Microsoft cook book) does not allow you
    to expand the (logical) drive / partition that Windows its self is
    booting from, called the system drive.

    Is the RAID a hardware or software RAID? If it is a hardware RAID it
    does not really matter. If it is a software RAID (you are using dynamic
    disks) this gets a bit more complicated.

    When you say you have other drives you can delete data off of to
    increase the size of the C drive, are you saying that you have other
    physical drives that you want to add to the RAID? (As in going from a
    RAID 1 to a RAID 5.) Or are you saying that you have other partitions
    on the same drive as the system partition to expand the system partition
    in to? (Note: I am using the word "drive" for a physical drive and the
    word "partition" for a volume / file system / logical ""drive that you
    would see in Windows Explorer.)

    What ever your configuration of above is, there are ways that you can
    expand (or shrink) the system partition. However, they involve 3rd
    party utilities, some extra storage space, and quite a bit of time (6 -
    72 hours depending on complexity and amount of data you have).

    Please don't take offense at this. If you are asking how to do this I
    think you might be better off considering getting some professional help
    in this for your first time of resizing a system partition as there are
    a lot of very big and very important things that can go wrong.

    Grant. . . .
    Grant Taylor, Mar 11, 2009
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