Server partitioning problem/ running out of space

Posted on 2005-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
The initial install of Windows 2003 Ent. Server was set on a 4Gb partition and now we seem to be running out of space on the partition. I would use Paragon or Partition mAgic to increase the size of the partition- but we are set up for RAID 1 (mirrored on 2 hard disks). How do I go about increasing the size of the partition and keeping all files in tact???
Question by:Trihimbulus
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    I think your best bet, is to remove 2nd hard drive, add a bigger one..

    Then recreate the mirror, once that is successful, remove the 1st hard drive and add a bigger one, now recreate the mirror between the new bigger hard drives..

    When that has completed, you could use Partition Magic or other utility to increase the partition size.


    Other easier option would be to use Symantec Norton Ghost to make an image of the current drive and then ghost it to a bigger one. I have done it before.
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    Just Break the Mirror.  Run Partition Magic on the Hard Drive and increase the partition.  After it is done Re-Mirror the Drive.

    The good thing about this is if Partition Magic screws up your hard drive you have your mirrored drive to replace it with.

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    Is Partition Magic prone to screwing up hard drives? I have to be careful on this one...
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    I have heard from a few people and a few posts here that it has been know to happen every so often.  There is always a chance, so make sure you backup and make it as easy to recover from as possible if it does screw up.

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    Will Partition Magic give me the option to "Break the Mirror??

    here it is (RAID 1):

    ide0   ----x---------x----------------------        mirrored
    ide1   ----x---------x----------------------
               ^         ^                   ^
               C:\       E:\               Free (unpartitioned)
               4Gb       20Gb               126Gb
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    No you will have to break the mirror yourself.  Is it software Mirror or Hardware Mirror.  If is its software you can go to computer management and remove the mirror.  If its hardware when you boot your machine it should give you an option the enter the raid bios.  Its usally something like CTRL + A.  You have to be careful though, Usually when you break a mirror, it removes the data off the second hard drive.  I usally just shut down the server and remove the Hard Drive.  Boot the machine and you will get a Hard Drive missing error.  The OS will think it is wreaked and give you an option to remove the faulty hard drive.  That way you have a complete image of your server if something were to go wrong.  Im not sure if just taking the hard drive out without breaking it first is bad but It works for me.

    I would definatly break the mirror or remove the hard drive before I did the partition magic.  Creating a re-creating the mirrored data is pretty straight foward.

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