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I have an Exchange 2003 enterprise server / Windows 2003server with 900GB, it has a C:\ for operating system, E:\ for logs and F:\ for Data. I've run out of room on my F:\Data, but I have 150GB for the E:\ logs that's alway free.

I need to use the E:\ logs for data. How do I do this, can I create another storage group and move some users to the E:\? If so, does anyone have a step by step, how to create another storage group on another drive and move mailboxes to it.

1st is can it be done...I'm in dire straits..Help before it crashes...
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Yes, you can create a new storage group with a new database and you can move user mailboxes to the new storage group.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb508870(EXCHG.80).aspx

Here is the instructions for moving the users to the new storage group.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997006(EXCHG.65).aspx

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Follow further steps to Create a New Storage group & move mailboxes to another group.

1] Creating Additional Storage Groups on the Exchange Server (Exchange 2003)
To simulate client requests to and from mailbox stores in different storage groups, you can create additional storage groups on the Exchange server. After you create the additional groups and set up the Exchange Load Generator test on the client computer, you can disperse users across storage groups to test this scenario.

To create an additional storage group on the Exchange server that has two mailbox stores

1.      Open Exchange System Manager.
2.      Expand Servers. Right-click the server you want, point to New, and then click Storage Group.
3.      In the Name box, type a new name for the storage group. For example, type Second Storage Group.
4.      Under Transaction log location, click Browse to move the log files from their default location to a separate storage system. This step is optional, but recommended. Isolating your transaction files and database files on separate storage systems prevents bottlenecks when these files are written to disk.
5.      Under System path location, click Browse to select the location of the storage system where you want the log files moved.
6.      Click OK.

2] Creating Mailbox Stores on a Storage Group (Exchange 2003)

This procedure explains how to create additional mailbox stores on your storage groups. Creating additional mailbox stores lets you simulate a scenario in which clients send requests to and from multiple mailbox stores.

To create additional mailbox stores on a storage group

1.      Open Exchange System Manager.
2.      Expand Servers, and then expand the server you want.
3.      Right-click the storage group that you want (for example, First Storage Group), point to New, and then click Mailbox Store.
4.      In Properties, on the General tab, in the Name box, type a name for the mailbox store. For example, type 1priv1 for the first mailbox store.
5.      Click the Database tab.
6.      Move the Exchange database files and streaming database files to a separate storage system (see screen shot). To move the Exchange database files and streaming database files to a separate storage system, do the following:
A.      Next to Exchange database, click Browse.
B.      Select the location of the storage system where you want the database files moved, and then click Save.
C.      Next to Exchange streaming database, click Browse.
D.      Select the location of the storage system where you want the streaming database files moved, and then click Save.
The Database tab in a mailbox store Properties dialog box
Note: This step is optional, but recommended. Isolating your transaction files and database files on separate storage systems prevents bottlenecks when these files are written to disk.
7.      Click OK to create the mailbox store.
8.      In the confirmation dialog box that appears, click Yes to mount the mailbox store.
9.      Repeat Steps 4 through 8 to create and mount each additional mailbox store in the storage group.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb508870%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx

To move mailboxes on Exchange Server 2003, follow these steps:

1.      Start Exchange System Manager on the Exchange Server 2003 computer where you want to run the process.
2.      Double-click Servers, and then locate the server container where the mailboxes of the users are located.
For example, if you want to move mailboxes from the default storage group and mailbox store, double-click First Storage Group, double-click Mailbox Store, and then click Mailboxes.
3.      In the right-hand pane, click the mailboxes you want to move.
4.      Right-click the selected users, and then click Exchange Tasks.
5.      In the Exchange Task Wizard, click Next.
6.      On the Available Tasks page, click Move Mailbox under Select a task to perform, and then click Next.
7.      On the Move Mailbox page, click a destination in the Server list, and then click a mailbox store in the Mailbox Store list.
8.      Click Next.
9.      Configure how you want any corrupted messages that are found during the move to be handled, and then click Next.
10.      Click Next.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/821829

Hope this information will help you.

Have a nice day.....