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Partitioning a live server

Posted on 2011-03-25
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Hi,

We have an application server that has 3 drives setup in a RAID 5 configuration. Unfortunately it was setup with a 'C' partition and a "D' partition on the same logical volume. The 'C' drive is only 9.8GB in size and is quickly running out of space. YES, I know...but that is how it was setup prior to my arrival

Are there any free partitioning tools that can be used to resize the partition with?

Thank-you in advance for taking the time to respond back...

ElliTech
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by:Randy Downs
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I don't know of any free partitioning tools that would adjust your server partitions on the fly but there's likely some large files you could move to another partition.

You could start with Windows updates.
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Partition Magic would fix your server but it's not free - http://www.partitionmagicserver.com/server-edition.html

You might find a better price if you search.
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If you are running WSUS the database is very large and you can move it like this.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_23033590.html
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What version of Server are you using? You could use partition magic but it would still require a re-boot to set the partitions once you configured the sizes.

My favorite is the UBCD, found here:

http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/

You can also look here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_26613641.html
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There are free partitioning tools but do you realize risk of using free partitioning tool on the live server?
Free tool means that nobody, other than you, is responsible for possible problems.
Backup before you start resize whatever tool you use. Always.
Now, I will give you step by step instructions on resize but first please take screen shot of your Windows Disk Management of the server and load it here.
To get to WDM right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management.
Tools free Parted Magic 5 www.partedmagic.com (works from Boot CD only) or paid version Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server www.partition-manager.com (partitioning, cloning and backup solutions in one tool) which works both from Windows and boot CD.
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As noxcho eluded to, it is never a risk-free proposal to change the partitions, but it usually turns out ok.  You have a few options:

Many third-party utilities can move/resize partitions on the fly, while keeping data intact.  They are not usually free and are rather expensive (see Acronis Disk Director).

This can be done using free utilities, such as Dell's ExtPart (if a Dell), GParted, and even a Server 2008/Vista-family DVD, but the downside to those is you must first backup and delete your D: partition, extend C: using one of the above mentioned utilities, then recreate and restore the new/smaller D: partition.
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Thanks all for your time...it is greatly appreciated

ElliTech
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