Software expanding partitions on server

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I'm needing to expand the primary partition on a Win2k Server. I have looked into Symantec Volume Manager, the problem with it is the price of  $800-$1000. Any suggestions on something else more affordable or that is open source that can do the same thing as Volume Manager. It's pretty hard to justify buying the software to my IT Manager, if I'm only going to use the software once. We have no other need for it.

Question by:twizted_teck
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    I hear that server magic by powerquest works pretty well.  An alternative would be to use "extpart" from dell...using this (and any of the programs like it) you will run the risk of corrupting the data, please make sure to have a known functioning backup prior to attempting to extend a partition.  Please read the readme for the software before using it
    fyi, this utility is not supported, even by dell, so you would be using it at your own risk.
    good luck,
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    The Symantec Volume Manager is from PowerQuest it the equivalant of Partion Magic for Servers. I think Symantec bought Powerquest, but I'm not to sure.
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    Your correct about Powerquest having been bought by symantec, and volumemanager is the successor of servermagic.

    Have a look at Acronis Diskdirector Suite ( It works on Workstations as well as on servers and costs $50.--

    They also have a Ghost-like Product for Servers, Trueimage Server, only there the price is $700.-- which gets it close to volumemanager.
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    You can use norton ghost for doing it the long way:

    1. Create an image of the partitions on the disk - on a separate media.
    2. Delete and create the partitions of the neede sizes on the HD of the Win2k server.
    3. Load the ghost images on each partition - the partition size will stay OK and thus you will have your server back with larger partitions.
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    Thanks for the info Rindi, We decided to purchase the acronis software.

    Thanks for all your feedback guys!!!

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