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WIndows cannot see free space after shrinking the HDD?

I am trying to upgrade a basic disk to dynamic in SBS2000, I didnt have enought free space at the end of the disk.  I used a utility called gparted to shrink the boot partition and free up space at the end of the disk.  However when windows boots it cannot see the free space and hence still no dynamic disk due to lack of free space?

Brief History:
Server upgraded with 2 new ide 160Gb disks, same model.
Ghosted original HDD 40Gb and rebuilt on the new disk,  Works fine.
Now need to mirror both disks but can't?

Any ideas would be much appreciated.  
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rindiCommented:
When you restart qparted, can you verify that it has actually done it's job?
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rliptrotAuthor Commented:
yup its all there, free space at the end of the disk and a shrunken boot partition.  I ran gparted again after about the 4th reboot to check it had done its job and sure enough it had.
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0_Glyph_0Commented:
so if you open the disk management console, you can see the free space at the end?   But it wont let you convert the disk to a dynamic disk?   Odd.  This isn't your boot partition is it?  
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rliptrotAuthor Commented:
The 160gb drive had only one partition that had windows ghosted onto it making one big c: drive.  I used gparted to shrink the partition down by 1gb and therefore have 1gb free space at the end of the disk.  In sbs2000 disk mangement it cannot see any free space on the end of the disk? As a result it wont upgrade to dynamic.
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rindiCommented:
Have you installed the latest servicepack onto the server?
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rliptrotAuthor Commented:
Yes, its got all updates installed.  this is an odd one as I've not come across it before, I've tried all the usual stuff and got nowhere so far.  Hence posting it here.
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DisorganiseCommented:
Are you booting from this drive?  I don't believe you're allowed to convert a boot/system drive from within windows.
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rliptrotAuthor Commented:
Yes I am booting from the drive but I performed a dynamic disk upgrade of boot partition just over a month ago for a different client.  Maybe I'm best to just create a 150gb partition on the second empty drive, and ghost recover the system into that drive and swap them over.  This problem is seeming more of an enigma rather than a fixable issue.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Dynamic disks are a BAD idea, especially for 2000 server.  The algorithms are weak, and a small error at the start of the dynamic linking can corrupt the entire disk structure to where you will never recover anything.  I strongly recommend you get out of dynamic disks as quickly as possible, before you lose everything.  You traded the cost of not buying a newer larger hard drive (say $150?) for the risk of losing the entire server.  Nix.
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rliptrotAuthor Commented:
If you read the question I upgraded the the servers Single 40 Gb hDD to TWO new 160Gb Hdds and want to mirror them.  Does any one else think dynamic disks in 2000 are an issue?
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rindiCommented:
Personally I don't use dynamic disks. One reason is that you can't use many 3rd party utilities on such drives.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Mirror them in hardware only with a raid controller or raid card.  That is reliable, a card maybe more than on-board raid.
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