windows 2003 standard server reinstall

I have a serverthat is split up between c and D so They have asked me to reinstall. So I have a backup of bnoth drives and system stats. I am going to resinstall os recover system state and restore both drives to teh new full c: thoughts recomendations thanks guys
zenworksbAsked:
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andrew_aj1Commented:
This really depends on what is on these drives. Why must you reinstall? Can you move the data from D to C and just resize the partition using a utility like GParted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ )
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why are you combining C and D?  That makes no sense unless this is a terminal server.  Data does not belong on the C: drive.  
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zenworksbAuthor Commented:
very small shop with a 2003 server that was installed with a 4gb c: client wants to just have one drive as it is just 45 gb of data. I got the ip info I got a complete backup last night of c and data drive and system state. any suggestions on ad info Or will I just need to recreate the users not a big deal just curious. also thank you
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andrew_aj1Commented:
Is there anything wrong with the resize idea? You may have to do it two or more times since your C: is so small, but this way you should be able to keep your permissions all set and not have to set everything back up.
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zenworksbAuthor Commented:
the client has requested a reinstall, but I have permission to try your solution but they said they still want a reinstall. I downloaded it and ran it in dos what do I do how do I merge bothe the drives also free space?
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andrew_aj1Commented:
You cannot merge them. You can decrease the size of one and increase the size of the other. After you do that you can move the data over and then resize again if needed. Or if you did get all the data over you can now delete the second partition and let the first partition use the rest of the disk.
If would not recommend that you reinstall windows just to resize the drives, but if you are having issues you hope to resolve by reinstalling you should backup your data and go for it.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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zenworksbAuthor Commented:
how do you use the tool at the very leats I would like to try it. I have a empty partiton that was created with free space how do i add this to the c:?>
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andrew_aj1Commented:
You do not need to create a new partition. You just want to resize the current ones. This guide should help you:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/resize/resizing.htm
Good luck.
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zenworksbAuthor Commented:
thanks how do I get that software started I downloaded teh zip unzipped and just see dos files etc ?
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andrew_aj1Commented:
You want to get the iso file from this site:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115843&package_id=271779
You can use your cd burning software to burn the image to the disk. Finally you restart the computer and boot off the cd.
You can get more help by reading the documentation here:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/documentation.php
 
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