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Free - Partition resize software for Windows Server 2003 Standard

I have a few older Windows 2003 Standard servers with C: drives too small and everything possible already removed.  D: is huge and hardly used.  This client has a very small budget.  Does anyone have experience with a 'freeware' partition resize utility that could handle the job?

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KCTSCommented:
There are some free partition managers around such as raneih (http://www.ranish.com/part/) but I don't know of any free ones that will work on 2003 server - indeed many paid for ones dont - they like you to pay a premium for the server version eg http://eu.acronis.com/enterprise/products/diskdirector/
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ajwukCommented:
I believe you can resize NTFS partitions quite happily with GParted... http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
I have to stress that I've never used this particular application myself though so testing and a good backup would be in order. :)
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KCTSCommented:
Not sure if this works with servers or not... perhaps someone does?
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LucFCommented:
Hello AremP,

Not to be a pain in the ***, but, are you really sure you need to repartition? Have you checked items if they can be moved on their own to a different partition? For example, if your running SBS, the email database is by default stored on the C: drive, can't you move it to the D: drive?
Windows 2003 server doesn't need to have a lot of room on the C: drive, so if you've been able to fill the C: drive completely, you might want to check on items you can move instead of moving things around with partition resizers.
Even though partition managers might be able to do the job for you, I'd like to warn you for their risks. For the fun of it, please go to google and search for "partition resizing failure"
Most partition resizer programs are pretty safe and will *almost* never give problems, but make sure you have a good backup of all of your system and critical data before attempting a resize. Better safe than sorry.

Regards,

LucF
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ajwukCommented:
It's a Linux based app, probably won't care about the installed O/S, just the underlying file system. :)
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KCTSCommented:
I would check first - PartitionMagic for example boots into its own OS but still won't touch a server - you have to buy ServerMagic.

Anyone tried GParted on a server ?
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LucFCommented:
Hi KCTS,

To be honest, I've never tried any kind of partitioning software on a server. I'd rather make an image, repartition and put the image back. Might be slower, might be faster, but I definately think it's the most secure way to go.

Regards,

LucF
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garycaseCommented:
Download the demo version of Boot-It NG (www.bootitng.com ), which is an exceptionally good partition management tool; and use it to do the following:

(1)  Resize D: to free up some space
(2)  "Slide" D: to put the free space adjacent to C:
(3)  Resize C:

Done :-)

Here's a bit more detail on the process:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_21929035.html
(Read the 1st and 7th posts in that thread & you'll see just how to use it)

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garycaseCommented:
First, you have to download Boot-It and create a bootable

floppy.  If you need help with this part let me know.  For

now I'll assume you have a bootable Boot-It floppy.
... a bit more detail:

=>   Download the Boot-It demo

=>  Create a bootable floppy or CD

=>  Now do the following:

(1)  Boot from the floppy

(2)  At the first screen press Cancel (you don't want to install it),
then Press OK to go to Maintenance mode.

(3)  Click on Partition Work

(4)  Now just highlight the partition you need to work with & click on the appropriate action.   For example, to Resize D: (the 2nd partition) you would highlight the 2nd partition and then click on ReSize.
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garycaseCommented:
Whoops !!   That last post starts off wrong (I started to write it one way & then changed -- but didn't delete enough).   I meant to delete the first three lines ==>  the post should have started with "... a bit more detail:"    It reads a bit better that way :-)
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KCTSCommented:
Agreed LucyF or at least make sure you have a good copy before trying it.

Still waiting for a definitive answer - can it be used on a server.
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PUNKYCommented:
KCTS,

I tried couple of times GParted on server (as some comments in EE shown), but never make it success. I would like to learn too if GParted is able to repartition on server. Bootit-ng like Gary said and I already did, it works for me.
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KCTSCommented:
Just so I'm clear PUNKY,  Bootit-ng works on a server ?
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garycaseCommented:
Boot-It works very well on a server ==> I wouldn't have suggested it otherwise, since the question clearly notes this is a server :-)

... it will work on any MBR disk, and on any standard hardware RAID.   In addition, it's totally harmless to try ==> if you boot to Boot-It and it doesn't "see" your hard disk, there's no harm done.   If it "sees" it correctly [you'll know when you go to Partition Work] then it will work correctly.   It's a bit "geeky" --> but it's an exceptionally good partitioning manager; imaging tool; and boot manager.
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PUNKYCommented:
Yes, I did on windows 2000 server, but I dont know if it works on raid level (have not tried yet).
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AremPAuthor Commented:
GaryCase - is the Boot-It NG demo fully functioning?  I like to try before I buy.
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garycaseCommented:
Yes, the demo does everything you need.   The only thing missing from the demo is support for "Image Sets" and "Boot Now!" ==> two very nice features, but neither has anything to do with what you need.

Boot-It is a bit "geeky" ==> but it's a superb utility.
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AremPAuthor Commented:
Gary - "geeky" is a term I don't comprehend in this context......but, "superb utility" and "does everything you need" are phrases that are universal and great to hear.  I appreciate your guidance and introducing me to this utility and will report back.

LUCF - I agree with your comments regarding 'best practice'.  I will be prepared to do that as a contingency no matter what shortcut I take.  I'm just interested in proving out a cheap utility that is successful at this process (resizing C: on 2003 server).  We have some other opportunities in this regard.  I'd be inclined to image, test the utility, then start over if utility fails.  The time is factored into the project for failure, but if it works..awesome.

I'll leave this open for possible comment additions.  Thanks again.
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AremPAuthor Commented:
Guess all ideas are in.

Thanks folks.  :)
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