Resize C partition on Server 2008 & Moving Data

I read another post about resizing a the C partition on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 and am wondering if this will work for my situation:

Here is my scenario:  

C partition - 20 GB and almost full
E partition - 278 GB with less that 80 GB data and apps.

Wondering if this will work:

Shrink Volume on E 80 GB
Create a new partition F from the 80 GB
Copy everything from E to F
Delete E partition
Extend Volume on C 20 GB
Recreate E partition
Copy everything back to E
Delete F partition
Extend Volume E

Do you think this will work and do you think I will have to use the DISKPART command or will this work from Disk Management?
puetzranchAsked:
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, what you propose should work fine and can all be done from Disk Management.
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rsoly777Commented:
Unless you have free space on the same volume as the OS I don't believe you can extend the OS partition.

Partitions can be extended but the O/S drive is a little different
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mghazai/archive/2009/02/24/extend-system-boot-volume-on-windows-server-2008-windows-vista-win7-beta.aspx
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You can easily extend the OS partition in 2008/R2/Vista/7 through Disk Management (as seen even in your link).  The moving data part of his proposal is what will create the "free space" (Unpartitioned Space) into which he will be able to Extend.
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
Will try later today and let you know.
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rsoly777Commented:
that is if it is on the same volume if it is on another disk you cannot extend the volume. I just tested it on my 2008 Server.
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rsoly777Commented:
You can only extend the OS partition if it is on the same disk
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
As in across Windows "disks" (RAID arrays/LUN's) ... no, that can't be done unless you convert them to Dynamic, which is a bad idea anyway.  I'm operating under the assumption that they are on the same "disk", as he likely doesn't have a 20GB physical disk in his server.
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
When I created a new partition (F) it is an Extended Partition.  Will this matter?  

I'm also going move the page file to F.  I can't delete E because the page file is there.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No, it won't matter ... once you delete F: to extend your new/smaller E: partition, E: will be a regular primary partition again (not that it would matter anyway).
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
Hopefully just one more question.  When I recreate my E partion, how do I make it a primary partion like it was.  Maybe it doesn't matter, but that's what it was before.
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
I found the answer to that.  So now I'm just waiting on the new partition to be created.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yeah, the fourth partition in 2008R2 and 7 will always be an Extended partition, but as you apparently found out, when you delete it and go back to three partitions, they will all be Primary.
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  Worked perfectly.
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puetzranchAuthor Commented:
Just for info:  A network/server consultant told me I would have to reformat and partition the drives.  I'm thankful I found the info on EE about resizing.  It was really hard to delete the data drive, even though I had backups of the data, especially since I'm working on this remotely.  Thanks again!
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Glad it did :)
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
It's one of the huge improvements over 2003 ... one that many people still haven't seemed to figure out, amazingly.
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