Move Exchange 2003 data from C partition to D partition on same server

I have a Windows Server 2003 SBS SP1 with Exchange Server 2003 SP2. The server we got from Dell has a C partition of 20GB and the rest of the drive is the D partition (100+GB free). I didn't want to bother formatting the server and reinstalling with a bigger C system partition (for the eventual size of the Exchange data) and the server tools to resize partitions were/are too expensive. So, here I am with 100MB (yes, MB) of free space left on the system partition. I'm constantly running disk clean up and deleting temporary files and moving some files off to the D drive, but I need to find a solution to this problem as soon as possible.

So here's my question: Can I somehow move my Exchange data (c:\program files\Exchsvr\mdbdata\) to the D partition without risking any kind of data loss or mailbox corruption? I don't want to migrate to another server, just to another partition on the same server.

What are the steps for doing so...or is there a better solution to my problem?

Thanks for the answers.
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tigermattConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This Microsoft article explains how to do it:

It's referenced in the following SBS specific document, section 6.
Make sure you have a solid backup of the information stores before you move them, just in case.
tvaccAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'll try it out soon and get back to you with the results.
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nitadminConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi tvacc,

Read this article from Daniel Petri's website before you do anything.


How's this going?

tvaccAuthor Commented:
Worked good. I gave 400/100 split because the microsoft article explains it, but the petri article is more clear (to me at least). Thanks.
That's fine, I was just looking to see if you had any other questions open I could help with (besides the MX record one) and noticed this one and realised I'd already posted, so wondered how you'd got on with it.
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