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Can someone recommend any software that can support hard drive partitioning (create, delete, resize, format, etc.) on Windows Server 2003 with hardware-based RAID 1?

Symantec's PartitionMagic doesn't work on server O/S', and their VolumeManager product doesn't support this O/S yet. I did try Acronis' partition software since they do support this O/S, but it crashes.

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shreekar earned 25 total points
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Try POWERQUEST SERVERMAGIC
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by:Luc Franken
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Hi leeym,

My suggestion to you is DON'T DO IT, for the fun, do a search on google for failures of any kind of partitioning software.
I don't think you'd like to loose your important data just because you want to resize a partition, do you?

For creating, deleting and formatting partitions, use Disk Management, that's what it's there for.
Start => Run => type "compmgmt.msc" and press enter.
There choose "Storage" => "Disk Management"

HOW TO: Use the Disk Management Snap-in to Manage Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=323442

Greetings,

LucF
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by:novacopy
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i agree with shreekar,

i have used Powerquest servermagic on a few servers of mine. you cannont repartion the the partion which contains the operating system though. or at least it wouldnt work for me
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by:leeym
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Isn't PowerQuest ServerMagic only for Novell?
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by:novacopy
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worked on my 2000 server
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by:mcp_jon
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Server Magic, as the name says, is designed for Servers, namelly Windows Server Family.

I have already tried it out and worked just fine !

But the best way is to format and recreate all partitions from ground-0. (Safer, Fastest, Less trouble)
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by:Invalidlogin
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Hey...
 I use partition expert on all my 2003 servers, works great!!!!
WWW.ACRONIS.COM

Good Luck..
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by:leeym
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Are you sure about ServerMagic working on Windows Server products? I ask because it clearly states on Symantec's web site that it's only for Netware. Am I missing something?

I even checked with their sales people and they confirmed it. Thanks
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by:MarkDozier
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And you believed software sales reps?
Oh look a genie in a bottle.
;)
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by:Luc Franken
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leeym,

Those "sales people" should have mentioned to you that ServerMagic for windows is now called "Symantec VolumeManager" which you can find here: http://sea.symantec.com/content/product.cfm?productid=7

Still, my advice from above stands (http:#11901199) Do you really want to risk loosing all your data?

LucF
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by:leeym
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According to Symantec's web site and their inside sales force, Volume Manager doesn;t support Windows Server 2003.

Thoughts?
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