Expanding a volume

Over this past weekend I expanded a RAID 5 config on a server.  The server had three 36.4 gb drives and I expanded it to have three more for a total of 6 drives on a RAID 5 configuration, 44 hours later the expansion went well.  The problem I have is when I tried to expand the current data volume with the extra unallocated space that I just added.  It gives me an error:

The selected volume was originally created on a basic disk and cannot be extended. Only volumes created on dynamic disks can be extended.

Is there any way around this with out rebuilding the volume?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
msavoie33Asked:
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gjohnson99Commented:
Yes What OS ?
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Have you tried diskpart.exe (available from the W2K3 or W2K resource kit.)? Note that the different OS's have different versions of Diskpart.exe

Here are a couple of relevant articles:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;886986
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325590

Go here to download the utility:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?freetext=diskpart.exe&productID=&DisplayLang=en
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msavoie33Author Commented:
The OS is WIndows Server 2000 SP 4
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andyalderCommented:
Just to note, there's a bug in that ntfs.sys can run out of resources when running diskpart, similar to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329826 but applies to all OS. If that happens a phonecall to PSS and they'll send you the utility to complete the expansion free of charge.
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msavoie33Author Commented:
How long does diskpart normally take?
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
The change is immediate.
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CorporatePenguinCommented:
please be sure to run diskpart in safe mode so that nothing has an open handle to the drive. This is one of the most common reasons for diskpart to fail extending the drive.

And in case anybody doesn't know, the PSS group mentioned is Microsoft Product Support services, and you'll want to ask for the Platforms-setup team. They are the ones who handle disk issues such as this.
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msavoie33Author Commented:
I have tried to run diskpart and it just sits there after I enter the expand command and hit enter.  I get no status or an error that it fails.
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CorporatePenguinCommented:
1) make sure you used the correct version (2k for 2k, 2k3 for 2k3)
2) Call Microsoft, ask for PSS Setup, explain that diskpart failed and ask for a grace case to be created. The engineer you get on the phone should be able to send you the script required to fix this issue.
3) make sure you're using the right version of diskpart (2k for 2k, 2k3 for 2k3)
4) for future extends, run diskpart from safemode. This applies to expanding SAN volumes as well.
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msavoie33Author Commented:
They are both Win 2k versions.  I will try to run diskpart in safemode.  Thanks for your help.
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CorporatePenguinCommented:
If diskpart did not complete the first time, it may not succeed in later attempts. If diskpart does not work in sfae mode, you need the script from MS. It should be free (ask for a grace case).
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msavoie33Author Commented:
Where do I get that from?
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CorporatePenguinCommented:
The Product Support contact numbers are here:
http://support.microsoft.com/?LN=en-us&scid=gp%3Ben-us%3Bofferprophone&x=14&y=11

The price of the call is 245 USD, except if it is a hotfix request, a problem with the MS code, or an issue installing a service pack/hotfix. When you call just ask for a grace case to be created. State that diskpart failed to extend the volume. That should route you to PSS (Product Support Services) Platforms-Setup who can send you the tool to fix the problem.
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jnikolatosCommented:
Hi guys,  I just used the fsextend utility to help me fix a diskpart utility.  Since it was such a pain to get this utility and no one has it on the internet.... I have posted it on my companies website.  Go to http:www.niktek.com/fsextend.exe   Everyone is correct in saying that Microsoft provides this for free.  I called in and they gave me a GRACE case.  You must tell them you had a partition that you were expanding and you used the diskpart utility and it failed.  I told them that  hundreds of other people had the same issue and that the tech boards say it is a FREE of CHARGE incident, and I also pointed Microsoft to this discusion.  They did not argue with me... just gave me the utility.  All you have to do, is run it from the command prompt.  It CAN BE run at anytime. It DOES NOT need safe mode.  I ran it on a domain controller during peak hours.  It did not have to reboot either.  I just had to wait about 1 hour or so.  
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andyalderCommented:
Yoink. Thanks jnikolatos although if MS find it they'll probably ask you to remove it.

If you have the latest version of diskpart there may be an undocumented extend option in it depending on the OS, http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=832316
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