Extend Windows 2003 Server C Partition

Well I messed up when I first installed Win Server 2003 in my new
server and did not give my self enough space in the C:
partition. It is now full and I don't know how to extend it.
Diskpart said my partition was not expandable. I have 3 72 gig
drives in RAID-5. There are 3 Hot swap bays free so could create another Raid if needed.Is there a way to extend it without having to
reinstall OS?. There a 2 other partions on the server D: and E: which I could free one of these up if possible. Just need to know the easist safest way to extend C: as its my boot and system partition.
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Alexey KomarovChief Project EngineerCommented:
Hi,
Make a backup copy of the data and take advantage Partition Magic
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Partition Magic will not work on Server OS's.  You can use Acronis Disk Manager, which is designed for Server OS's.  If D and E can be easily deleted and recreated, you can extend C by using a Server 2008 DVD or Dell's ExtPart, if this is a Dell.  You will need to first delete D, as C can only be extended into Unpartititoned Space.  Reinstalling is always an option :)
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JustenCCommented:
Ghost off, Ghost on ;)
Check out Barts boot CD to get you on the network and ghost the whole C or D and D, or whatever  drives off to the network, repartition and ghost it back in.

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Justen
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JustenCCommented:
Ghost off, Ghost on ;)
Check out Barts boot CD to get you on the network and ghost the whole C or D and D, or whatever  drives off to the network, repartition and ghost it back in.

Sorry for any duplicate posts entered via our proxy.

Justen
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SysExpertCommented:
First you need a solid backup

Acronis or Symantec GHost GSS 2.5 are paid soultions

Free alternatives

Free Drive imaging Free ghost alternatives
also some free alternatives

http://ghost.radified.com/ghost_alternatives.htm
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=16534

http://www.clonezilla.org/

  here's how to use it to create a free recovery DVD....
http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live/make-live-recovery.php


After a backup is done, then you can use free tools such as

http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
Free System rescue CD with Gparted partitioning and other tools

to change the partitions.

First you  shrink your data parition to leave room for your expanded C, then expand C to fill the space.
You may also need to move the data partition over slightly depending on how you shrink it.

If something goes wrong, you need to have a FULL backup of everythng, preferably twice !!


I hope this helps !

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You need either to use free solutions such as Gparted, Parted Magic www.partedmagic.com (both work from boot CD) or get paid versions such as Paragon Partition Manager 10 Server www.partition-manager.com
Or if you have Windows 7 or Windows 2008 install DVD you can copy out data from second partition (which is next to C: drive) and delete it. Then boot from Windows 2008 installation DVD and use advanced partitioning option there to extend Windows partition. After that restart to Windows and recreate data partition.
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