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Hello!
Unfortunately, I seem to have created a C drive on my installation of Windows 2000 server of only 4GB with 29GB spare.  I need to make the drive fill the whole (or almost whole anyway!) space.  Is there any way that I can do this?  I have heard of several options but since I had installed multiple applications, including databases, before realising I am less that confident about trying them for the sake of it!  I'd really prefer if there were a way within windows 2000 to do this (and to keep the disks basic)  however I have read that I could change the disk to dynamic and resize on the hoof.  I am unsure from the documentation, however, as to whether I can boot straight away or whether this means that I have to reinstall everything.  The other thing that I have read may be possible is using server magic although I'm unsure about whether this is the right way to go as this is not a specific Microsoft product.
Help!
Many thanks in advance for any advice that anyone can give me!
Xanthe
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liddler earned 500 total points
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powerquest's Volume Manager (http://www.powerquest.com/volumemanager/) is probably your best solution.  Make sure you back everything up, before you start!
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by:Pete Long
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Hi liddler,
Yes Liddler is correct, dont look at any other product for a 2K server enviroment, If someone posts a long list of apps after this disregard it, only Volume manager can cut the mustard on this platform :0)

Cheers!
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by:Rob Stone
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Agree, and converting to dynamic wouldn't help in this instance anyway.
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by:jhance
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liddler's advice to BACKUP FIRST is the MOST IMPORTANT part of his advice.  

Don't do ANYTHING along these lines without a FULL BACKUP!!
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by:JConchie
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Nothing but the best advice here.......as above is the only way to go.........and Backup,backup,backup.............You guys must all be in more eastern time zones........I get up early in Seattle, and I always see the same names in there before me........I have to make my living on late afternoon questions, I guess  :-)
Regards to all,
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by:liddler
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JConchie,
>> eastern times zones - yeah, GMT
but I'm going home in 20 minutes, so you can have the rest of the afternoon ;-)
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by:JConchie
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Cheers liddler, are you right in the Big Smoke?
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by:liddler
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Dublin (Ireland) -  weekdays, Glastonbury (England) - weekends
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by:JConchie
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sounds like the best of two worlds to me..............
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by:Pete Long
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hehe Hello Jim

Yes GMT for me too (Midlesbrough England)

Pete

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by:JConchie
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Pete/liddler

With luck, we will be retiring in 3-4 years.........one of the things both of us have looked forward to for a long time is several months........early spring-late fall...........of a walking tour through your part of the world......."And did those feet in ancient time,  Walk upon England's mountains green? "
Perhaps we will get together for a pint of bitter one of these days.......
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by:Pete Long
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Hope So, If your ever in the North East Ill Buy you a pint :0)

Pete
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by:liddler
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There's nothing green in Middlesborough is there Pete? (I'm from Hartlepool, so I'd know)
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by:xanthe
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Thanks for that everyone - I'll probably just end up moving the databases or completely reinstalling as the powerquest route is just a little pricey for a single use!!Thanks anyway.
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