Reduce a spanned volume in Windows XP ?
Posted on 2003-12-09
I have the following situation :
Windows XP PRofessional SP1
two disks, both dynamic ( one converted from basic, other made dynamic while it was empty ).
The first disk has :
- C: system volume
- I: data volume
- O: data volume, made up of 3 separate partitions glued together ( by "expand" function ) and also extended on the second disk
- 5 GB of free, unused space
The second disk has :
- one partition, used as an extension to volume O:
What I want is to install Windows 2003 enterprise server evaluation. I first planned to install i into the free space, but that can not be done due to several reasons :
- according to MS, only one system/boot volume can exist on one dynamiv disk
- the win2003 setup does not recognize the empty space on the disk. If I create a partition there from winXP, win2003 setup still does not see it
So what I want is to take out the second disk from the O: spanned volume ( it is only about 40% full , the piece on the second disk is less then the free space on O: ), then convert/format it to a basic disk and install win2003 there. The problem is that I know of no tool that can do this.
Please advise !
My "backup" plan is to delete the entire O: data partition and then recreate it from backup, but it is rather large and the backup/restore would take some time.