Is there a way of moving a file share folder from one hard drive to another hard drive on the same server without interrupting any of the active file server sessions that clients might have open?

Is there a way of moving a file share folder from one hard drive to another hard drive on the same server without interrupting any of the active file server sessions that clients might have open (by using Shadow Copy methods, etc.)?

I need to do this since the hard drive where these files are currently stored is running out of free space.

If this can't be done only through using Windows, then is there some sort of program or utility that I can purchase that is able to do this?

While the files are being moved, they need to be immediately availed using the exact same server and share name.

The operating system is Server 2003. These files are always open, in use, and being modified 24 hours a day and I don't have any time to prevent user connections while these files are being moved.
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George SasIT EngineerCommented:
It is not possible.
You can not have same share name on one server pointing at 2 different  locations on the server.
You will have to copy the files over , remove the old share and share it again at the new location.
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
So no one has come up with a way of doing this yet?

Is it possible to do this in Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2?

Will this be possible in any future versions of Windows Server?
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George SasIT EngineerCommented:
Nope , not possible on 2008 nor 2008R2. You can't have 2 shares with same name simultaneous on the same server, period.
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chqshaitanCommented:
are the files being modified or just used in a read only state? as you could enable offline file option on the share, take it offline and do what you need to do and bring it back online. this has caveats though.

Another option is to investigate  dfs but that works mainly on read only shares, read /write is a headache
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