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In Server 2003 is there an simple, inexpensive way to add a partition to a storage drive without losing the exisiting data and it's permissions?  This is a separate storage hard drive and does not house the operating system.
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Yes, I've used DiskPart:
http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid192_gci1241594,00.html

You'll have to register to read the full article explaining it. I've also used a tool from Dell (I can't remember the name of it, its been a few years). If it is a Dell server they have a free tool that will also do it but you'll have to call them.

I've also used Acronis Disk Director which is seemless & has support if you would need them. Since you have data on this drive from all that I've mentioned above, I'd highly recomend Acronis Disk Director.
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by:gurutc
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Hi,

Before you start, make a Backup first!!

No wait!  That's how to do it.  Hook up an external USB drive and back up the partition.  Then you can blow it away, repartition with a smaller size to free up some space, restore the data and permissions, and then make another partition in the newly available space.

Good Luck,
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Use the backup software, ie NTBackup, that comes with Windows.

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by:andyalder
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>This is a separate storage hard drive and does not house the operating system.

Just fit it and go into disk manager and format it with NTFS and assign a drive letter. Don't let disk manager convert it to dynamic.
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by:noxcho
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Could you please take a screen shot of your Windows Disk Management and post it here so we could see the current config? Then I trust we could give more precise answers and steps.
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