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Multiple partitions in single vmdk file and need to expand one on Windows 2003

I did some P2V conversions a while back and ended up with a few servers that have the C: and E: drives on one single vmdk file.  Now I need to extend the C: partition, and I have software utilities to do this, but when I expand the vmdk file the space isn't allowed to be extended into from the C: drive.  I know without tools or software the C: drive on Windows 2000/2003 servers can't be extended, but I have the software.  Is it possible to expand the C: drive when both the C: and E: drives are in the same vmdk file?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Please make sure you have a backup (not a snapshot) before completing any partition changes.

Examples of third party utilities include:
 
7tools Partition Manager
http://www.7tools.com/pm/index.htm

DFSee
http://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/index.php

EASEUS Partition Manager
http://www.partition-tool.com

GParted LiveCD
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

Partition Logic
http://partitionlogic.org.uk

Paragon Partition Manager
http://www.partition-manager.com

Ranish Partition Manager
http://www.ranish.com/part

System Rescue CD
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

jpletcher1

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I have EASEUS Partition Manager right now.  So if I allocate more space to the vmdk file, then I'd need to move the E: drive to be at the end of the space, and then expand the C: drive?  Makes sense, but I've never done the middle part where you'd move a partition to the later part of disk space.

I know I could do this with converter, but it seems like when I do V2V with converter some applications on the server get hosed up because they think they are on a new server, then I have to go through and relicense.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

yes, that can happen with converter.

your method is correct.
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jpletcher1

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Thanks.  One last comment, if I clone the vm before I do all this is that as good as a backup then?  So if the machine blows up I can clone from my clone back to the original name and be where I started?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

yes, clone is good as a backup.
jpletcher1

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Thanks for the complete answer.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Once you have the clone, just rename it and you are ready to go again.

Tip. Clone before, and then after the E: Partition Move, and if the C: partition move goes wrong you can return to the before clone.