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Expand Disk

Posted on 2011-05-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11

Is it possible to increase the size of the disk R using the Unallocated space, without lose my Exchange data? See image below.

Question by:andersoncaraujo

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Expert Comment

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Yes, you can expand the disk as long as it is not the actual operating system boot partition.  Yes, there is a way to do that too .. but that is not part of this question.

Please refer to Microsoft KB article 325590 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590)

I would recommend the following:

1). make a full backup of your data on drive R.
2). if you own cloning software, clone the R drive to another disk as a backup as well.
3). if you have access to third party partitioning software (there is both paid and free versions available), use that software instead of diskpart.exe.

From a personal note, you will need to dismount the exchange store and I would also stop all exchange related services (that is what I did).  I also would recommend the third party partition software.  I did use diskpart.exe just to see if it would work and it did work.

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What software should I use to do that?
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The Server that support the Exchange Data Base is a virtual machine or a fisical computer?

You can use diskpart to identify the volume and use extend.

If you need extend the system partition you can use the Dell Tool  name extpart.

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Subhashish Laha earned 2000 total points
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Go to Diskpart and run below commands to extend the partition

1. Open Command prompt
2. run diskpart
3. select disk <disk number>
4. list partition and note the partition number
5. select partition <partition number>
6. extend

From Disk management (diskmgmt.msc) you can find the disk number.
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Can easily be done with DiskPart.exe
Instructions from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590

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