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I've read about 6 threads on re-partitioning Windows 2003 servers, but I'm left with conflicting conclusions.  I have 2 partitions, both are BASIC NTFS partitions.  I checked out partition magic ($70) website, but it doesn't list Windows 2003 Server under their supported OS's.  I checked out I think symantec (forget the product name) that was $500 and does support Windows 2003 server.

So, can I use partition magic on Windows SMB Server 2003 with BASIC NTFS disks?  Or do I need to spend in the $500 range for SW to do this?
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by:Crownappraisal
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Partition magic When run on a server edition it displays a dialog box reading "PartitionMagic cannot run on Windows NT/2000/.NET Server.". You'll have to spend more money to get a software program that does support Windows Server editions. (Partition magic is owned by Symantec aka Norton i believe)

Remember even when using a 3rd party partition tool to do a full back up of crucial data or all of the data in case of a unforeseen disaster. You can use windows back up utility in Windows Server 2003 and back up to external hard drive if necessary or if you have tape set up make sure you have a working tape prior to partitioning with the latest data.

If you don't want to spend the money you could do the more time consuming option of backing up the data and doing formates and repartitioning the old fashion way. Also if there isn't mission critical data on this server this would be an option with a low cost budget.

If you need some suggestion on some third party tools see the following.

http://www.acronis.com/promo/ADDSrv/disk-director-001.html?source=googleADDS&keyword=server+partitioning&s_scid=server%20partitioning|693385277&gclid=CLHW7NKLj5ACFRGCGgodv3EWuQ
http://www.partition-manager.com/comparison.htm
http://www.partition-tool.com/

Also if you are familiar with linux you could load linux and use a third party. Such as "GParted"
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by:mattyfatbags
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OK, so I do a full backup.  Then I reformat my disk and repartition with a larger portion for the C drive where my OS goes, then restore from my backup file?

What about just buying a new Hard Drive the same size/brand as the current one except I format it with the partition sizes I need, then restore from my backup file to this new disk?
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You could just buy a new hard drive and do the partitions sizes you need. What kind of raid set up are currently running? Do you have to add the new hard drive to the current raid configuration? What kind of back up are you restoring from ? if it is a tape back up it can get picky about drive letters so if your restoring data you will most likely need the same drive letter your restoring it too. If you buy an external hard drive and copy your files for back up and copy back over you don't have to worry about that. If your going to do copy and paste make sure all your data was copied. I don't know what you are all running on this system. So more details in configurations number of drives and current use would be very helpful in giving you some more recommendations.
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by:mattyfatbags
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Crown,
We've got a really simple setup here.  The server has a single hard drive, formatted as BASIC NTFS.  It has two BASIC partitions, C and D.  We use the built in Backup utility to backup to an external USB hard drive.  We don't use any RAID scheme.  No mirroring.  About as simple as it gets.  Let me know if you need more info.  My preference is to buy a new hard drive (I think our current server HD is 120GB) so pretty cheap.  
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Matt,
With a set up like that I would just buy a new hard drive. I'd buy two and at least do some mirroring for fault tolerance. It's just my preference to have some redundancy especially at the prices of hard drives these days. Buying a new hard drive is an easy fix and is in your budget go for it. :)
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