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Win2k3 OS drive repartition

Posted on 2011-09-21
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My OS drive on a Win2k3 SP2 machine is running out of space.  I can steal space from the secondary partition.  The machine is in a colo that's hard to get to, so I want to do an in-place repartition so I don't have to reformat.

What the best (and hopefully cheapest) tool that will let me do this?
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Lee W, MVP earned 125 total points
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So before you do something difficult to impossible that risks (though probably fairly low risk) corrupting your system that resides at a difficult to access location, why not clean up the C: drive first?

What to clean up/move?  See: www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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by:Felicia King
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Recommended strategy: Image the server first with Acronis True Image Server or another full DAR (disaster recovery and avoidance) tool so you have a real back-out plan. Then get a license for Acronis Disk Director. It's the only tool I have ever seen that will reliably re-size any partition on a server without corruption. It's not cheap, but it is much less expensive than reinstall from scratch.

If you have Acronis Imaging, you could simply make an image, put a larger drive in, and then restore the image to the larger drive. But that is probably not applicable to your case as you are probably using RAID. So you are back to the Disk Director for server solution then. Disk Director works with RAID as well.

Best isn't cheapest. Disk Director is the only tool that I know of that will get the job done for you.
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by:noxcho
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Leew already mentioned in his list of treatments Paragon Partition Manager. Get a copy of it and perform resize thus reallocations space from partition which is adjacent to C: partition. Paragon Partition Manager has inbuilt backup functionality so you do not need two programs at once. The same tool will do all you need.
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I guess I have to choice except to clean up the drive by offloading system files to the other partition.  This will help temporarily, but at some point I'll have to bit the bullet and reformat.
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