Extending a file system on a boot container

I have added a new disk to our boot container on a windows 2000 server. Is it possible to extend the file system to use this extra space. I have read somewhere that this is not possible, although I don't know why and what would happen...
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sirbountyCommented:
Only dynamic disks can be extended.  A boot partition cannot be dynamic, only basic.
This may be possible using a third-party disk tool like Partition Magic though...
Leandro IaconoSenior Premier Field EngineerCommented:
I believe you can do something like this but only if you have dynamic disks enabled ...

Although this link applys to windows XP it should be the same valid information for 2000 server:

Dynamic Disk info, and I quote ("Increase the size of a volume by extending the volume onto the same disk by using unallocated space that is not contiguous. You can also extend a volume onto other dynamic disks"):
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prkb_cnc_whjq.asp?frame=true


How to enable dynamic disks,
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044&sd=tech
Leandro IaconoSenior Premier Field EngineerCommented:
sorry you posted before me ...

Is this ture "A boot partition cannot be dynamic"? Really?
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sirbountyCommented:
I may be eating this one... :$
I was trying to find documentation on that, but I'm coming up empty, so I attempted to convert my C drive, and although I didn't initiate the process, it did state that it was convertable...now "I'm" confused (but I've been up all night too.. :^P)
Leandro IaconoSenior Premier Field EngineerCommented:
I thought you honestly could ... let me look for some info on it cuase I can't find anything saying you can't.
sirbountyCommented:
Probably my confusion - I did find statement from MS saying that a boot/system couldn't be part of a set (striped, Raid5, etc)...
Leandro IaconoSenior Premier Field EngineerCommented:
Well I found this:

"Simple Volumes
Simple volumes are the dynamic-disk equivalent of the primary partitions and logical drives that you used in Windows NT 4.0 and earlier versions. When creating simple volumes, keep these points in mind:

If you have only one dynamic disk, you can create only simple volumes.
You can increase the size of a simple volume to include unallocated space on the same disk or on a different disk. The volume must be unformatted or formatted by using NTFS. You can increase the size of a simple volume in two ways:
By extending the simple volume on the same disk. The volume remains a simple volume.
By extending a simple volume to include unallocated space on other disks on the same computer. This creates a spanned volume.
Note

If the simple volume is the system volume or the boot volume, you cannot extend it. For more information about determining which volumes are the system and boot volumes, see "Converting Basic Disks to Dynamic Disks" later in this chapter"

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As you can see in the last note, spanning the volume might not be possible. Although its not exactly what you suggested, it is a similar situation ...

Its really strange though. I'm going to keep on reading ... something is strange ...

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robrandonCommented:
I do not believe you can extend your system partition to another drive, creating a spanned volume.

You may be able to mount a partition on the addition drive in an NTFS folder.  This will not have the same effect as creating a spanned volume, but it can provide you with extra storage through the same partition.

sirbountyCommented:
Not enough info really to know for certain.
We'd really need to know if these were OS-managed volumes or on a external controller...d/nr would be my suggestion
EVeugerAuthor Commented:
Upgrading to dynamic is no problem on a system/boot container as I found out, but extending is impossible. I extended another disk and used DFS to keep things transparent for the clients.

Thanks for all the help and advice!
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