Extending the boot partition on win2k3 server

I've researched this by looking at a bunch of questions and answers here at ee.  My problem is that either the answer doesn't work or the question is not quite the same.

My problem/question:

I have a windows 2003 R2 file server.  It is RAID 5, and the total disk space is 500 gb.  Unfortunately when it was first set up the root partition was set to 12gb (c drive) and the rest was set as a d: partition.  Now I have always installed any software on the d partition but the root partition is down to less than 2 gb free and when I recently attempted to install windows updates the free space went down to 0 bytes.  I had to roll back.  Now I want to use some of the free space on the d partition to extend the c partition.  I have powerquest partition magic 8 and booted that up to see what I could do.  PM8 said it couldn't extend the boot partition because there was no free space in the adjacent partition:

dell partition with 0 free
c partition with 0 free
partition that seems to be the size of all disks/partitions combined with 0 free
d partition with 400gb free of 500gb

I've never used PM8 on a server and I can't figure out how to do this.  Other answers have said to use this tool, but I don't see how.  Any help would be appreciated.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAsked:
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
I should say that I tried shrinking the larger partition and creating a new NTFS partition with just 13gb in the hope I would be able to merge the new one with the c partition.  But no matter what I did I couldn't figure out a way to move the new partition so it was next to the c partition.
Don't do any resizing. 12 GB for the system is fine. just follow the instructions on leew's site (he is one of the top experts here) to properly manage the system partition:


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Chris MillardCommented:
I use Acronis Disk Director Server personally. What you will need to do is shrink D: by taking some space away from the START of the partition. Then you can expand C: to use the free space before D:
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideAuthor Commented:
Thanks rindi, I'm in the process of reading the article (it's rather extensive).  This will definitely solve my problem.  I would like to extend the partition, but from the sound of the article it doesn't sound like I need to, especially as this is only a file server.
Most of the partition management software I've seen that support servers (and their dynamic RAID disks) are separate and more expensive than the "ordinary versions".

As an example, if $159 is less than the cost of rebuilding the server from scratch, you could try something like EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition:


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