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Hi Experts,

I have taken over looking after a Server, and the guy who installed it only left the c:\drive 2gb this is now nearly full, and with no option to expand. It is a sbs 2000 server and the WINNIT directory is almost 1gb in size what if anything can i do to enlarge this.

Any ideas welcome
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by:mugman21
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download a trial version of Partition Magic, that will re-partition the drive however you need it easily without any lose of data.

Mugman
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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Get a larger drive and partition it with the same number of partitions as the original drive except make them larger(eg. make c: 10gb), use ghost to clone the partitions onto the new drive.
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by:stevemjp
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be careful.

Take a backup first. Re-siziing any partition can go horribly wrong and leave you with nothing.

Partition Magic is pretty good tho.
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by:stevemjp
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you could download a trial of 'Treesize' this will tell you where your space has gone, so you can delete some file manually.

You could also move the pagefile and/or the print spool directory. this will make you some space.
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by:lyle-granger
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I would be careful using Partition Magic, I have used it for several years (Used to be owned by Power Quest).  I used to be a firm advocate of it but have found very little tech support and have had many errors when using it, and no assistance for the errors, especially with anything newer than 2000.  You will need a third party software to repartition your hard drive.  However like "stevemjp" said BACKUP YOUR DATA FIRST!!  Re-Partitioning is risky.  I would recommend exactly what "JohnnyCanuck" did, use Symantec's ghost to clone the partitions to a new drive.  

Hope this helps.

Lyle
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by:stevemjp
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well said lyle.
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by:rindi
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Partitionmagic won't run on a server. You need another utility like Volumemanager (possibly named differently now), also from symantec, or Acronis Trueimage Server, I believe their product can be tested for a month, so you might be able to download it and use it for free.
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by:lyle-granger
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That is correct partition magic will not run on a server, however powerquest did make a product for servers, it was called ServerMagic.  Powerquest was bought by Symantec and I am not sure if they still sell the server utility or not.  I would note that I have tried several third party partition utilities that were free-trial versions and they will give you the feel of the application, however will not actually allow you to perform any changes.  If there are any that do this, I stand corrected, I just have not had any luck with free-trials.  

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by:rindi
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lyle-granger, servermagic changed to volumemanager, but I think it was already called that way when it was still a powerquest product, thats why I wasn't sure if it is still called volumemanager. About the working trial versions, I haven't tried them so I'm not sure if they really work during the test period.
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by:belronan
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Ok,

This is a hot swapable scsi drive on a HP server, that is split into 2 partitions, (1) system partition of 2GB and (2) Data partition of 15GB or so, how would i use Ghost in this instence.

Could I get another similar sized scsi disk wack it into the server and run ghost from there.

Cheers Folks for the Help so Far.
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by:lyle-granger
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belronan,

In light of your last post, I would say that using ghost may be a bit more diffacult with SCSI (I have never done it)than using ATA, IDE, Ultra ATA ect.  If you are running any RAID it may not be possible at all because RAID indexes the drives.  If not it may be possible if you have another SCSI drive to use ghost and do one of the following (keep in mind I have not done this with any SCSI devices):

1. Simply ghost the single SCSI drive to a larger one and use a third party software to increase partition sizes as needced.
2. Partition the new SCSI drive as needed and use ghost as posted earlier and clone the information to the new drive.

Lyle
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by:JohnnyCanuck
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Ghost the c: partition to an image file then it doesn't matter on what kind of media you put it on (SCSI or IDE).  After you've resized the partition, ghost the image back (From->image file to->partition).
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by:belronan
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Hi Folks,

What about this scenario, I i can get another scsi disk, put it into the existing server, and goto Disk management and partition this disk however i like.

Could I then Ghost an image file of c: partition  to a network location and ghost a copy of the e: partition to a similar location.

Then copy down the image file to the new partition and hey presto

What do yous think???
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by:belronan
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Cheers Lyle,

The only query i would have now is that Ghost creates the partition of the inital disk on the destation disk itself although I think this mybe for disk to disk cloning only, I think if I take an image from the existing disk's 1st partition and and save it somewhere and then do the same with the 2nd partition and create my own partition on a new disk,will the image overwrite and resize my new partition when i copy the image back onto it.

Cheers

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by:lyle-granger
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In my experience it has not made the partition any smaller.  I have used ghost to install a larger hard drive I just have not done this with SCSI, however from what I have read it should be the same.

Best of luck :-)

Lyle
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As it can be difficult to weight the answers splitting is fine with me.
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