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Resize Hardisk on server 2003

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Hey all
I have on ESX with a production server of windows 2003
I tried using Hiren13 to resize the partition but because its ESX with RAID it doesn’t recognize the hard disk from dos or Mini WinXp
Is there any trial or freeware program that I can take 80 Gb hard disk and resize it to 20 GB (I know that with windows 2008 I can do it in 10 seconds but how can I do it with windows 2003?
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by:Ernie Beek
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Try gparted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ works for me, even with server.

But don't forget to backup, copy the vm first, just to make sure ;)
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by:Tufin
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does Vmware convertor changes the windows side also?
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by:coolsport00
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You can use vCenter Converter Standalone (free download). You the optoon to resize disks in the conversion wizard.

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by:Tufin
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i have VMware ESXi 4.0.0

does Vcenter convertor supports it ?
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by:OxygenITSolutions
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During the Wizard, you can choose the disk size. You can convert both disks to whatever size is suitable.

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If you have C:\40 and D:\60, you can convert to C:\20 and D:\100.

Good luck.
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by:coolsport00
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Yes...it does support it.
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Download (all that's req'd is email and pwd):
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

User's Guide, conversion process begins on pg. 41 (sys req's on pg. 21):
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

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by:deroode
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As suggested by erniebeek: Use Gparted.

Download the live CD on http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

Boot your VM (not your ESX server) with the CD and adjust the partitions.
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by:Tufin
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i think the GPART will be the final solution if nothing else works

regarding Vcenter Converter i dont think i have enough disk space to copy VM but i do have another question

 Hardisk 1 and 2 on Server A
if On Server A on the Esx there is windows 2003 on C Drive (Hardisk 1)
and on D drive (Hardisk 2) i only have files (html and DB files)

P.s The end goal is to change the size of Hardisk 2 from 80 GB to 10 GB

can i put Hardisk 2 on Server B with windows 2008  (as a second drive)
and then change partition using windows 2008 disk managment and then return the Hardisk 2 to Server A
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by:coolsport00
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You should be able to yes. Regardless of which solution you use, I recommend making a b/u of your VM.

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by:Tufin
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already done thanks :)
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Glad to help :)

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by:deroode
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You could also create a third harddisk, copy the contents of harddisk2 to harddisk3, then delete harddisk2
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