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Increase size of partition-server

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Hi, would like to increase the size of the C: drive from available space from other partition (logical drive)
example: got 3 partition, C: D: E. would like to give 5GB-5GB from D and E drive. What's the best way to perform this.
OS: windows 2k3 SBS
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Probably the best advice is don't.  There are a variety of 3rd party applications out there which will do this, however they are never 100% reliable.  Usually you see the desired outcome, occasionally you just loose all you data, and need to restore from backups.  

If you do decide togo this way, make sure you have a known good backup first.

A few places you may find to free up space on C:
1. Old update uninstall folders in C:\windows, these will be compressed & hidden, and begining with $NTUninstall.
2. Swap space.  If this is on C:, move it.
3. WSUS Database.  This too can be moved, or running the cleanup wizard to purge unneeded updates.

How much space do you have now?  
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I agree - don't.  It's a lot of work and there is a non-zero chance you could corrupt everything.

If you need space on C: review this article:
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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thanks, got only 500-600MB
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What's taking up the space?  Did you read the link I posted?
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by:noxcho
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Have a look on attached video. It is quite simple. I use Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server for this purpose: www.partition-manager.com
It has also backup feature that allows you taking image from your current system and data drives before applying resize. Just for insurance.
Resize-extended.exe
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by:StevePimer
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I have had success using Acronis Disk Director for Servers in the past.  Although this program is not cheap or free, it does the job simply and correctly.  While you are at it, I would seriously consider purchasing Acronis True Image backup for Servers and run that to create a full image of your hard drive partitions prior to running Disk Director to provide a safety net if things don't go as planned.  Be sure to create the bootable CD from True Image prior to running Disk Director.  Once you get your partitions sized appropriately you can use True Image as a backup solution.
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