Resize boot partition W2K3

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I made the mistake of configuring my W2K3 domain controller with a 12 gb boot partition.  As you may suspect I'm rapidly running out of disk space.  Its a Dell PowerEdge 2850, 72 gb hd total space via 3  36 gb drives, raid 5, 2 gb ram, C: is 12 gb, D: is 37 gb and F: is 18.6 gb.  I want to steal 7 gb of disk space from D: and increase C: to 19 gb.  D: has only 11 gb of data on it but it's my main production file share.  On initial setup Acronis Partition Expert was installed but not used to set original partition sizes.  Since I have never attempted this on a partition containing business critical live data& has anyone done this safely?  Is Acronis capable of doing it?  Obviously I will be armed with a full backup before attempting.  I would appreciate any feedback.
Question by:a1doors1
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    Yes, make full back up before resize the partition :o) Yes, the Acronis will able to do this job, but I think the Acronis Disk Director that is for server. I dont know what version you have there.
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    You should be able to cope with a 12Gb partition if you just keep it for Windows. If you move all shares and page file to another drive that will free up a lot. If you must re-partition the drive then make sure the tool you use supports a Windows Server, some, like Partition Magic, do not - they sell Server magic - a much more expensive product for use with servers.
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    I would usually steer clear of the re-partitioning tools, opting for a full backup. I'd then repartition the drive from scratch and reload my backup (it often tests disaster strategies!) but the products like Server Magic and Acronis will do the job.

    You can easily get by with 12GB for the system partition as KCTS said, so long as you just have windows on there and no network data, exchange etc. If it was me though I would rather have more space so I wouldn't worry about it all getting used up and lots of problems starting to occur!
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    Acronis Disk Director will resize anything you want.  It works beautifully.  i have used it many, many times without problems.

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