Expand C: options - hardware raid and space available on another partition

Scenario:

SQL server on a 2003 server with IBM hardware raid array.
1 logical drive set as a Basic disk
4 partitions (C, L, P, S) all primary


PROBLEM:

The C drive is near capacity.


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The L drive has nothing on it, so it'd be great to use that to extend to.


Can I simply convert the disk to dynamic and then extend the C partition with the L partition (assuming I delete the L partition first)?

Are there other alternatives?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
No, sorry, this plan won't work.

You can backup the C:\ drive then reset the RAID for a larger C:\ then restore.  (huh...nobody likes this solution..but it always an option)

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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
You can buy imaging software (like ghost)...image the OS...then resize your RAID partition and restore...  
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
By the way, how big is your C:\  Maybe you can delete space and move stuff of C:\
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TheCleanerAuthor Commented:
It is around 2GB, built by another IT guy and now running into space issues (duh).

NJ,

I know how to do the whole backup/resetup/restore thing.

So you think that if the logical drive from the hardware RAID is 72GB, and then partitioned up in Disk Management into various partitions, that it isn't possible to resize the C drive by killing off the L partition and then merging the 2 somehow?  That was the only thought process I had at the moment.
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
"So you think that if the logical drive from the hardware RAID is 72GB, and then partitioned up in Disk Management into various partitions, that it isn't possible to resize the C drive by killing off the L partition and then merging the 2 somehow? "  No, I think this is possible, but not natively.  You would have to use a third party program like http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/diskdirector/?source=overtureADDS&ad=server+partition&s_scid=3140043500000000142&clicksource=advanced&OVRAW=volume%20magic&OVKEY=partition%20magic%20pro&OVMTC=advanced

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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
because the old DISKPART is not supported for extending system partitions:  http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325590


"Only the extension of data volumes is supported. System or boot volumes may be blocked from being extended, and you may receive the following error:
Diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending"
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TheCleanerAuthor Commented:
yup...understood.
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TheCleanerAuthor Commented:
Sorry...forgot about this one.
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