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I have a Windows 2000 sql server. It has an array of 6 hard disks that are formatted as C and D partitions. The C partition is where the OS is running. The D partition is used primarly for data, but it does have some applications installed on it. The C partition has only ~ 2 Gb of space and it's formatted as NTFS!. The D drive is NTFS also.

The problem is that the C partition is running out of space (has only 49 MB left!). There is enough free space (~ 30 Gb) on the D partition however. I am trying to expand the C drive.

I also installed a new hard disk. I formatted part of it and called it "H" drive. I then installed "Partition Manager" software (by Paragon) on the "H" drive.
 
I tried to use "Partition Manager" to copy the D partition to the newly installed drive. That didn't work, because "Partition Manager" was complaining about the fact that the D drive is being used. It was asking me to end all application that are using the D drive. How can I find out which application are using the D drive?

Or is there an easier way to accomplish what I am trying to do (expand the C dive)?

Thanks

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by:SuperATP
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When you go into partition magic can you use the function to merge the two partitions, i know that they are on 2 different physical disks but i am sure there is a function to merge them.
What level of raid are you running on the sql server?
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by:ded9
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You can create a bootable floppy of partition whcih is created while installing partion manager

Boot the partition manager floppy from bios and then try to copy D partition to the newly installed drive.

Surely will resolve the issue

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by:shpark82
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will take a very long~~~~~~ time


and you will need to perform it using a bootable partition magic cd
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by:novice12
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This is a Compaq Proliant 800 Server. It has 6 phisical disks, each 3 are configured as a RAID-5 array.

Partition Magic is not designed to work on Servers. That's why I am using Partition Manager.

Ok, this is what I had to do:

Update ERD
Backup the Server using Ghost
Boot up the Server in "Safe Mode".
Using Partiion Manager, shrink the size of the D partition to produce 5 gb of un-formatted space.

Restart Server again in "Safe Mode"
Expand the C partition to take up the un-used space that I created earlier.
Reboot the server.

It's working fine now.

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