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OK.  I just did a fresh install of SBS 2003 (pre-service packs) on a Dell server today.

I used the Dell Server Assistant to partition the drive (50GB OS partition, and 99GB Data partition, mirrored).

Everything went smoothly until the SBS Wizards started running, and the Wizard complained of low disc space on the C:\ partition.  I looked at Disc Management and saw that indeed my partition was set at 50GB, and that my Data partition was 99GB.  HOWEVER, a closer look reveals the details of C:\ as "capacity is 4.77GB".  It is interesting to me that E:\ (or data partition) is fine.

Any ideas SHORT OF, rebuilding to make the C:\ partition capacity line up with the size of the partition?

Attached are a couple of screen shots for examination.

Thank you in advance.
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Most likely a type when you were doing the partition sizing (5GB instead of 50GB).  You'll need to use a partitioning tool to resize such as GParted (free) but I've had some issues, although rare.  Paragon Partition Manager or Acronis Disk Director can also be used to resize the partitions.  
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Thanks for the reply Paul.

I thought maybe the same thing at first, but the part that doesn't make sense to me is Disc Management shows the partition to be 50GB (per the attached picture), but then above that claims the capacity to be 5GB.  Odd.

At this point, I am not certain a repartitioner would work, as Disc Management doesn't show any unallocated space.  Only the two partitions I created.
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Can you do a screenshot of the disk management, it wasn't included in the post.  Also take a look at the the array manager to see how many volumes you have created.  Disk Manager should get as primary partition sizes.
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My fault, I didn't see the attachment..may be old.  You're right, there's something strange going on.  Try to run chkdsk /f and see if it resolves the issue
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Hey Paul.

Here are the screen shots:

Thanks for your time!

- Brian
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Well I just found this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_22127899.html

Sounds familiar, huh?  However, I did use that same disc on a server rebuild 2 months ago and nothing like this happened.

The author of that thread said he did a manual install that got him around the issue.  I must say, I am not at all certain what "manual install" means except for that it he did not use the Server Assistant disc the second time?

What are your thoughts?

Thanks.

- Brian
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Let me know what happened when you ran chkdks.  If it doesn't work you can use an imaging software to image both partitions. Once imaged use a partitioning tool to size your partitions.  Afterwards you can restore the image to the right size partitions.  You may want to try Paragon Server Backup or Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server, it may be a good idea to check if the trial version is full featured and allows you to do a restore.  

Clonezilla will also do this and it's free just a little more to configure.  http://www.clonezilla.org/
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Hey Paul.

I did run the chkdks and nothing out of the ordinary did show.

I finally just ended up rebuilding it again.  This time I selected the OS partition to be 30GB.....worked just fine.  Not sure what happened  on the first go around, but I am starting to lean to the other thread that indicates the Dell Assistant software is buggy.

Thank you very much for your input!

- Brian
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Thank you for your time!
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