Extend C Partition Raid5 Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a few years old dell server with 3 HDD'd each 146GB connected to a raid 5 controller.
I then have 3 partitions c: 12gb 0mb free, d about 120gb with about 20gb free space and f 40gb with 30gb spare.

I am going to install a couple of 300gb spare drives into this machine and i then want to mirror across f to one of the new drives. Then i can delete old f and use this for c?  

What is the best way to do this and what tool is the best to use?  I cannot move d as it contains all users data and profile info and has loads iod share etc on it.

I have cleared up all the old files from c that we dont need and are to the bare bone now so i cannot delete any more.

Any help would be great.

Question by:hsood2001
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    The only way you can use the space from deleting F: without deleting D: is to convert your disk to Dynamic, which is not advisable.  After deleting the F: partition, you can use partitioning software (like Acronis Disk Director) to resize your partitions while keeping the data intact, but make sure you have a good backup, as there is no completely safe way to resize your system partition.

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    Are there any free tools that can do this?
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    None that I have used can do it while keeping data intact, although one of EE's top experts recommends BootIt Bare Metal, which can supposedly do this (slide D: to the "end" of the disk, then extend C:) ... if you're feeling brave.  The free partitioning tools generally can shrink/extend partitions, but usually have "pay" versions that are capable of "moving" them, normally, you would need to delete D: in order to extend C:.
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    Actually, sorry ... it is not free either (although MUCH cheaper than Acronis ... if it works).
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    I would use here Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server
    It has everything you need.
    When you connect spare drive you can move the partitions do this new drive with the help of PM11. It has Copy HDD/Partition wizard. And it has backup/restore wizard if you prefer backup and restore way.
    And finally it can let you resize the partitions after you complete the migration.

    If you insist on free tool then you can use Parted Magic 5
    But before you will need to connect spare drive - create there partitions - then copy the data from D: and F: partitions manually to this drive.
    Delete the D: and F: and then assign these drive letters to new drive two partitions.
    After that boot the server from Parted Magic CD - and increase system partition thus to take the whole space.

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