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resize a partition on Win2k server

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I've got a Win2k Server with an 8 GB drive.  When Win2k was installed, the system partition was set at 2GB.  Now I need it bigger.  What is the simplest solution?  

I'd like to use VolumeManager, but $1,00 is a little steep for this one problem.  Am I in trouble if I resize with the demo download, then uninstall at the end of the demo period?

Are there any *reliable* solutions for resizing server partitions which would cost, say $150 or less?
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DanR,

Partition Magic is your best bet. It allows to resize partitions without losing data. It is very reliable. You should be able to buy it for under $100.
The quick workaround which will let you running for now ,however, is convert your 2 GB partition to NTFS and enable NT compression.


Hope that helps.
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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PartitionMagic will not work under any NT server environment, it will only work in Win9x, NT Workstation, and Win2000 Professional.  To manage a server, you have to use VolumeManager to manipulate partitions.

Also, you will not be able to use the demo version, as it only shows you what PM can do, but will not manipulate the drive.

There are various other partition management programs out there, for example:

http://www.partition-manager.com/n_pm_faq.htm
http://windows2000.about.com/cs/diskpartitionsw/

I hope one of these will work for you!

-d
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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http://www.v-com.com/product/pcp_ind.html

That one is a bit cheaper, its the pro version of their normal product, but it works with server.  Its still ~$300 though.

-d

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Partition Magic will work perfectly under any environment, You correct, however, that it will not INSTALL inder Windows 2000 Server. But that doesn't actually needed. During the install of partition magic on non-Win2K server machine it is possible to produce 2 diskettes. One is for Dos boot disk (not actually needed if you already have MS DOS or Win9x boot disk) and another contains pqmagic.exe executable.
With those two diskettes you should be able to resize partitions on any Windows machines including Windows 2000 Server.

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I would need to apologize for wrong information. You are correct partition magic DOESN'T WORK under MS Server OS(s).

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Thanks for all the info.  Has anyone used this Partition Resizer, mention in one of dogztar's links, which is free?  It's gotten good reviews in CNET.
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I haven't personally, did CNET users provide any feedback on it, especially mentioning NT Server?

Your other option of course (possibly already mentioned) is to do a full backup, format the drive, repartition the way you want it, then restore your backup...

-d

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Well, I never did fix that drive, but your answers were good.
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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Glad to have been able to provide the info to you...at least you have some options if this happens again in the future.

-dogztar

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