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Partitioning a Server Hard Drive

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I have a server in an auto dealership running Windows Server 2003.  This system was build with an 80 GB HDD that was given 2 partitions. The C drive is 12 GB and the D drive has the rest. The C drive has gotten pretty full over the years and I would like to increase the size of the C drive by taking some unused space from the D (it has almost 60 GB free). I have used GParted in the past for this kind of an operation but in this case I ran into trouble. I now have 3 partitions - the C and D and 30 GB of unused space. The problem is, the unused space is after D and I can't use it to resize C. Is there any sooftware that I can use to accomplish my goal of increasing the size of my C drive?

Thank you!

Robert
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by:Frosty555
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You can use gparted to move the D:\ partition over, and then resize the C:\ partition to use up the unallocated space.

This is a very long (and, if anything goes wrong, potentially destructive) operation - be careful and make sure you have backups.

To be honest, though, is you should just purchase another hard drive. The new hard drive will become your new D:\, and that will let you delete the old partition entirely - once you have done that you can easily resize the c:\ drive to take up all the new unallocated space on the first disk. I think that would be a lot cleaner.
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by:Surone1
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i think paragon partition manager could do the job, not too sure if it works on windows 2003.
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by:connectex
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I've used Acronis Disk Manager to do these changes many times.

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You have taken the free space in the wrong place. Now allocate it back to D: then boot either from Gparted or Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server and then right click on D: partition - move/resize - catch the end of partition and drag it to right. Apply changes.
Then catch the start of partition D: (its left border) and drag it to right. This will create free space between C: and D:.
And finally catch the end of C: and drag it to right to allocate the space to C:. It is done.
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by:RobertEhinger
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This server is in a small business and I need to wait until they can have their server down for a few hours before I can try any of the solutions. I should be back at it next week.
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by:noxcho
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Can you take the screen shot of Windows Disk Management and load it here? I will point you out exactly what was wrong in your previous steps.
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by:RobertEhinger
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OK, I will be getting back to this job this week and will post an update. This is at a small business and we have had trouble coordinating when the server can be shut down and when I am available.
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