SBS 2003 R2 Dell PowerEdge 1900 - how to resize data partition?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by BillP, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. BillP

    BillP Guest

    The server came from Dell with a single 750 gig HD with a hidden partition,
    drive c for the OS and Drive D for data. I would like to resize the D drive
    (shrink it) and then create an E drive in the free space. I know I can do
    this with Partition Magic, but I thought there was a way to do this within
    the OS? What are other options other than Partition Magic?
    BillP, Sep 19, 2007
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  2. You need ServerMagic or Acronis' server product, etc. - not the desktop
    versions. Also google for DELPART. I've never tried it, I confess.

    And way OT, but my two cents....

    1) I suggest that you make a practice of flatten & rebuild any preinstalled
    server, rather than relying on the vendor's idea of what's best

    2) You really need hardware RAID - and not just a simple mirror, either. I
    like RAID5 with a hotspare, which is a minumum of 4 drives. It's better to
    have more spindles + smaller disks.... I personally use only fast SCSI or
    SAS drives, although SATA RAID is starting to become popular.

    Since you're about to do a lot of work on this server, make sure you've
    provisioned it adequately, and it will last you a long time.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Sep 19, 2007
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    Claus Guest

    GParted on a Linux Rescue CD is a great tool for this. I use this all the
    Claus, Sep 19, 2007
  4. I Ditto LAN's Comments also.
    You NEED some Redundancy RAID 1 at least Please.
    And The DelPart Tool I've never used
    I'd be more willing to use the GParted myself vs. the Dell tool

    on C: Drive OS At least 30GB Please.
    (I hear Others are now going 50GB for OS)

    But the 10GB 20GB days are over IMO


    Russell Grover
    Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Russ Grover \(SBITS.Biz\), Sep 24, 2007
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    Try some Free Partition Magic alernative such as, easeus, gparted, cute and so on.
    George, Oct 21, 2009
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    kimjiongs Guest

    to extend partition through Diskpart command as mentioned above, but it is not very detailed, so I repeated mine here:
    To add unallocated space into a data partition and keep data intact, you must first select the partition to give it the focus, and then you can inputhow large to extend.

    Step1: Click "Start" > "Programs" > "Accessories" > "Command Prompt", type "diskpart" and press "Enter" to continue.

    Step2: Type "list volume" to display the existing volumes on the disks.

    Step3: Type "select volume 0". The number is the data volume that you want to extend.

    Step4: Type "extend size=10240".

    Then you should receive a message states that Diskpart successfully extended the volume.

    When use Diskpart command you may need to delete the next partition to makeit as unallocated space and then you could extend the partition, but through 3rd Party tool yo could flexibly handle server 2003 basic disks like article:
    kimjiongs, Aug 24, 2012
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