Re-sizing existing partitions

Posted on 2004-11-08
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I've got a Windows 2000 Server. It's only got one hard disk in it. There are 2 partitions on this disk: C & D.

C drive has 4.41 GB of 8.78 GB free.
D drive has 564 MB of 7.92 GB free.

I want to increase the size of the D partition, which will obviously decrease the size of the C partition. Can I re-size this partition using Windows, or do I need Partition Magic or something like that? Thanks.
Question by:WineGeek
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    Hello WineGeek =)

    Try Ranish Partition Manager(freeware)
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    Hello WineGeek,

    In your question, did you want to ask actually this: "Can I resize the sizes of these partition, without destroying data ? or reinstalling the OS" If you are not worried about destroying data, or reinstallting windows, then the easiest way is to actually fdisk and re create your partition. If you want to go that route, you can backup your exsisting data (files etc) to either a network share, or burn to a CD or even a tape backup drive. Then redo the partitions using FDISK, and then reinstall the OS and restore your Data from the backup you want.

    If you are wanting to resize your partitions, without destroying the data or reinstalling the OS, then the answer to your question I believe is, "Yes you can do it, but only with a third party utility, which are Partition Magic from DriveQuest, or Norton Ghost from Symantec".

    You probably had been thinking about dynamically resizing your paritions in Windows 2000 using Dynamic Disk / Volumes ..right ? Yes, it could have been possible, however in your case C: drive is the problem, C: drive your system drive alwas needs to be a Basic disk, it cant be a Dynamic Disk volume. If lets say you had three other partitions on a seperate disk, and wanted to combine all 3 of them making them one huge big partition, then yes this sort of scenario was possible by converting the basic to dynamic discs. But in your case you cant go to a dynamic volume.

    Also see this I hope I have answered what you were looking for, if not, let me know :-)

    Thanks and Good Luck!
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    If you are not concerned about data, you can go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.

    Click on Disk Management under Storage. You will be shown all your partitions.

    Right click on the partition you want to resize, and delete it. You will now get "Unallocated Space".

    You can create new partitions in this unallocated space again by right clicking.

    But, if you are concerned about your data, use either Ranish Partition Manager, Power Quest Partition Magic or free utility FIPS (a Linux tool).
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    by:Rob Stone
    You need Volumne manager for 2000 Server. Partition magic doesn't work. Not tried the other software listed bar FDISK and Disk Management. Don't use FDISK as theirs no need, 2000 has a partition option in the setup anyway and as Kalikoder said you can't resize the boot/system partition with Disk Management so you have to use 3rd party tools.

    diskpart is another micorsoft utilty but that only allows unallocated space to be used.

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