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Need to resize a partition on Windows 2000 Server

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Hi friends,

I have Windows 2000 Server with a 80gb hard drive partitioned into NTFS drive C: and D:

Drive C: is currently 10Gb
Drive D: is currently 70Gb

I need a tool to resize the C: drive to around 20Gb. That will resize the Drive D: to 60Gb and then increase the size of C: to 20Gb. Without losing any information!

I have used Partition Magic in the past but I'm sure that it doesn't resize Server partitions.

What tool will do this job for me?

Thanks as always,

Lee.
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by:CrazyOne
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I don't know why PM would not do it. Unless this is a dynamic disk. Other wise a partition is a patition. I am not sure what NTFS version 2003 uses. If it is different then XP' than the might be why PM wouldn't work.
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Well I guess you are correct even the proffessional version does not mention any server versions as being supported.
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by:LeeGolding
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Yes, I could slave the hard drive onto another computer and resize the partitions that way. Would this work though?

I can't lose ANY data :)

Thanks,

Lee.
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by:CrazyOne
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Hmmm I don't know Lee

see if you are comfortable with this one

Free

Ranish Partition Manager
http://www.ranish.com/part/
Partition Manager is a freeware program that partitions hard disks. It will help you to install and dualboot Linux and multiple copies of Windows. For example, it will let you to run Win ME, Win 2k, and Linux on a single box. Also, using Partition Manager you can copy, move, and resize disk partitions.
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BTW no matter what tool you use it is always the recommended pratice to backup what you can't live without before doing this.
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I am not sure if there is something different with the partition table of the Server versions or not. If so perhaps that is why PM isn't suitable for this.
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by:TooKoolKris
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If you ask me the best tool you could use in this situation is another computer with at least 80gb of free storage space. You made mention of trying to take this drive and put it into another computer so is there another hard drive available to temporarily hold this data while you re-partition the drive?

You are not going to be able to re-size the C: partition without blowing away the D: because this is where you are wanting the space from. I would be surprised if there is a tool that would do this without having to have another storage area while it is in the process of re-partitioning the drive.
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by:JConchie
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Volume manager is designed to do the same job on servers that Partition Magic does for workstation OS
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by:Chris_Picciotto
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If you have a spare drive or one that you can borrow you can use a symantec ghost boot disk to transfer the image to a target drive and then back. When you transfer the image back you can resize the partition. It's real easy and pretty fast.

If you have a windows 98 boot disk than all you need is the ghost.exe program which is about 700 or 800 Kb.
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