How to reconfigure arrayed drives on a Dell PowerEdge 2600

Hi,
Is there an easy way to change the sizes of the C and D drives on a Dell server with arrayed drives.  I have a retired Power Edge 2600 server with arrayed drives running server 2000 software that I need to use for another application.  The problem is that the server was set up with a very small C drive and a very large D drive.  I would like ot avoid a from scratch reconfiguration and reinstallation of the OS on the machine, in part, because I have never installed and set up a server from scratch.  The problem is that the application I need to setup on the server requires a much larger C drive than the one currently setup.  My support person for the application says there is no problem with the older OS, but that the app requires a much larger C drive and will not run correctly from the D drive.

Any help would be greatly apreciated.  This is  mission critical and needs to be resolved quickly.

Thanks for any help in advance.
Defixer
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XrayMikeAlphaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Another option is a linux based program gparted which is free, I have just seen this in action and looks good.  Nice GUI so you dont have to mess around with command lines.  You can download the ISO here
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115843&package_id=271779
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
It depends on whether the C: and D: drives are separate volumes or if they are simply separate partitions on one physical volume. If the Dell array is set up with a single volume at the hardware array level, and the C: and D: drives are simply separate partitions on that volume, then you could use a hard disk management tool like Acronis to reconfigure the partitions.  Acronis will allow you to take free space that is in one partition and add it to another partition, as long as the partitions are basic and not dynamic. However, if the two drives are actually separate physical volumes in the Dell array, then I don't know of any way you could do this, short of backing everything up, removing and recreating your array with different volume sizes, and then doing a complete restore from scratch.
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fnkylinguistCommented:
Hi defixer,

There is no way for you to modify the existing space of your C drive.  The first rule of expanding a drive is that the drive must not be in use.  Therefore extending your C drive is not possible.  While there are softwares availble to do this, I'll assume that you don't have one available.  If you are very fearful of reinstalling everything, try following the instructions listed below.

1.  Turn off server
2.  Remove drive from server and add it to another server
3.  Boot into the server OS.
4.  Follow the latter part of the instructions listed here.  http://vmprofessional.com/index.php?content=2k3resize

Again there other softwares out there that can help, you with resizing this drive, they all reboot your machine and resize it before the drive is active.  Partition Manager was very popular.   Good luck.
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defixerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your replies.  I had a feeling I wasn't going to hear what I wanted to hear.  Your right about Partition Manager, I actually used it in another life on Compaq Netware servers and it was great.  unfortunately, I don't have another server available to put the drive in.  Looks like a from scratch situation.  Oh! Well!

Thanks again, Defixer
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Defixer, before you go that route, take a look at Acronis.  It costs about $500-$600, I think, but it will save you more than that amount of time, even if you just use it to resize your partitions.  BTW, you can't use the free demo download version to resize partitions, so you have to pay to play:  http://www.acronis.com.  What you want to look at is Acronis Disk Director for resizing the partitions. You might also want to take a look at TrueImage while you're there - it might be helpful as well depending on your situation.
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XrayMikeAlphaCommented:
There is no way to extend the system volume with the operating system booted.
You can however expand the system volume on a server that is booted from an NTFS boot disk using the Diskpart resource kit utility if there is contiguous space available.
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defixerAuthor Commented:
Sounds interesting.  Where would I get this Diskpart resource kit utility.  I'll have to check to see if there is contiguous space of course.

Thanks
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XrayMikeAlphaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
AS you are running Windows 2000 you will have to downloa it (it automatically comes with 2003 / XP)
Search Google for diskpart 2000 server and you should get the link to the Microsoft download site.
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defixerAuthor Commented:
Actually, a colleague of mine told me about gparted before I got your reply, and it worked great.  Therefore, I am awarding most of the points to XrayMikeAlpha.

Thanks to all who replied.

defixer
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