Repartition a 72gb drive on Win2003 - which software to use?

I inherited a poorly configured file server win2003 server.  It only has one partion that holds the OS and user files.  Ugh.  I would like to break that partition up into several (probably 3).  Any suggestions on which software to use?  I have seen partition magic, but it does not say it will work with Win2003.  Am I screwed here?

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mikeleebrlaCommented:
partition magic is for workstatons, not servers.  You will need the server version, which is called Volume manager.  The odd thing is that i just checked the symantec website, and oddly enough it says its only supported on NT and 2000 servers, no mention of 2003 servers.  Ive never tried it on a 2003 server, so i don't know if it works or not.
rindiCommented:
I don't think Volumemanager is being maintained, as there hasn't been any version come out yet that would support the newer M$ Server OS versions.

Look at Acronis disk director suite, it works for current versions as well. Of course, whenever you do anything with repartitioning, make sure you have a good, tested backup.

http://acronis.com
CiaranDolanCommented:
You probably won't gain very much by doign this. In fact, I would be loath to split it into 3 as 3 small partitions is worse than one large one. You don't gain any advantage by doing this. A 72GB drive is quite small nowadays anyway. I'd be tempted to leave it as it is and then get a 146GB drive (or another 72GB) and make that my D: drive so I can transfer the user data across to it.

Anyway if you really want to do this then the simplest way to split this partition down is to use something like Altiris or Ghost to take an image of the existing C: disk and then blow it back onto the server resized to what you need. Then you can repartition the remaining space into what you want.
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
i agree with CiaranDolan, seperating the Server into smaller logical disks won't really do anything for you except maybe give you some headaches down the road when one of the logical drives becomes full.  Since they are probably all on the same phyical disk, or at least the same physical RAID volume, you wont gain anything by creating seperate logical volumes.

rindi is probably right about Volumemanager not being maintained.  that sucks though, b/c it was a great product that never failed me.
eatmeimadanishCommented:
Diskpart works great (and comes for free with resource tools for server2003).  You can extend or move or reduce a partition and it works well.  I use it to expand area on upgraded RAID containers.
CardguyAuthor Commented:
Reason for partitioning - past experience.  We have had apps with log files on the C drive go nuts, filling up the C drive and crashing the OS.  By partitioning it out, we have a bit more control.  Also, I hate having User files mixed in with the server OS and server apps.  I plan on expanding and purchasing at least two other HDs and setting up a RAID5.  however, I want to partition it up a bit as well.  i think the Ghost idea might be the best.  Will the "consumer" version of Ghost work for this or do I need the enterprise version?
rindiCommented:
I'd rather suggest using acronis trueimage server than ghost. Ghost seems to me somewhat buggy, Trueimage runs more stable and a lot can be imaged without even having to shutdown the server. It is often being used as a online backup utility. you can check it out via the same link which I posted above for the disk director suite. Acronis, being a smaller company than symantec, is able to react faster to new situations, and theis user support tends to be better too.

I agree with you by hating the way windows is setup by default, mixing data with apps. The OS should allways be more or less static and therefore there shouldn't be too many changes on the partition on which it sits.

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