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Upgrade a disk partition on Window 2003 64bit w Exchange 2007

My C partition has run out of space. The data disk is fine.

Any idea how to upgrade the C partition with Window 2003 and Exchange 2007 installed on it. The server is a HP prolinant server with 2 HDD run as RAID-1 (OS) and 5 disk run as RAID-5 (data disk).

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AXISHK
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tsaicoCommented:
You will have to buy some new drives.  I had done it one time by replacing one drive, let it rebuild, then replaced the other drive, let it rebuild.  Then using the drive utilities that are for the drive array, made teh partition larger.  In the mean time, you can re/move things like IIS logs, the page files, and uninstall files to free up some space for short term room.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Which drive utilities can archieve that purpose ? Existing space is 72Gb and after rebuiilding the drive to 146Gb. The C is still occupy 72Gb of space so how to physically extend the hard disk ? I'm using HP Prolinent DL 380G5 model.

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tsaicoCommented:
What I mean is, I had a 60 GB RAID1, I replaced one drive with a 1 TB drive.  Let the array rebuild like normal after joining the new drive to the container.  When that was done, I did the same with the 2nd origional drive and let it rebuild.  Now I had two mirrored drives that had a single 60 GB partition, but had plenty of space left.  Then using HP array Configuration Utility and DiskPart, I extended the partition.  You are changing physical drives, but extending them logically.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
My case is a RAID-1 72Gb and divide into 20Gb (C:), 10Gb (D:) and 32Gb (E:). Correctly, C is out of space. So, how could I extend the new space to C:, say to 60Gb ?

Any more detail on how to configure and extend the drive ?

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schima_czCommented:
As tsaico says. Replace your harddrive, rebuild RAID and use for example EASEUS Partition Master  Server Edition, that can easily extend logical partition (or use other utilites)
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noxchoCommented:
Actually 72GB for system partition is more than enough. Move your Exchange database and logs to another partition of bigger capacity. It is not recommended to keep the database on C: drive as system partition normally has more chances to become corrupted than data partition.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Once you have replaced the disks one by one you go into the Array Configuraation Utility (start - hp system tools), highlight the logical disk and expand option appears or you use the wizards, depends on ACU version. Logical disk expansion is disabled unless you have a cache battery.

After that you can stretch the partition with gparted, bootit NG, Paragon partition manager etc.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Exchange database, and all the log has been moved away from C:

I found those service patches (.net) and Symantec Endpoint eact a lot of space.

Which tool is good for move Window 2003 64bit w/ Exchange ? Will there be any problem after repartitioning ? Is it really 100% safe ?

Great Thanks.
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noxchoCommented:
Then go with Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server www.partition-manager.com
With its help you can take backup. Then reconfigure RAID with new bigger drives.
Then boot the server from WinPE CD for PM11 and restore to new configuration from backup.
You can do resize during restore or after. PM11 has both resize, backup & copy features.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Two 72Gb HDD run as RAID-1 and separate into C, D and E. C is lack of space but not D and E. Will that be more easier to resize the partition ?

Is it safe as in old day, those partition tools occaionally crash the server... Any server even those running on 64-bit Window 2003 w/ Exchange 2007 installed.

Great thanks.
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noxchoCommented:
Take screen shot of your Windows Disk Management and post it here, I'll tell you if it is easier to resize. Also, the tool suggested above is stable and safe but in any case you must take backup before applying resize. This is mandatory.
Crash could happen only when your hardware or file system is unhealthy or you interrupt the operation half way. But this is rare case I think.
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noxchoCommented:
Ok, it is possible but I would recommend doing it from WinPE Boot CD for PM11. As I see you have installed applications on third partitions and second partition is locked by page file. Remove page file temporarily from D:
Boot the server from WinPE - select there Full Scale Launcher. Check if the RAID is detected the same way like in Windows Disk Management. If yes - continue with resize. If not then use WinPE - Tools - Load Driver - feed it with 32bit driver for your RAID controller that you can put on USB flash stick for example.
After driver is loaded the RAID will be seen exactly like in WinDiskManagement.

Then, right click on E: partition - Move\Resize - in opened window catch the left border and drag it to right. Free as much space as you need. Apply changes.
Then delete D: partition. (You will recreate it new as it has no important data).
Now right click on C: - Move\resize - catch the right border (end of partition) and drag it to the right. Thus allocate as much space to C: as you want. Leave some space for page file. Apply changes.
Resize is done. Right click on free space left and create partition again there.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Why do I need to remove D: partion ? Can I resize E: to make it smaller, than enlarge C: to take up the space ?

Thanks again.
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noxchoCommented:
I meant remove temporarily. And why? Because it is between C: and E: and there is no chance to jump over this partition (not possible ever).
You need either to take space from E: then allocate it to D: then take it from D: and allocate to C: or
remove paging file - delete D: - take space from E: - allocate it to C: and create D: again. This will take less time imho.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
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