converting a virtual disk from basic to dynamic in Server 2003

I need to increase the size of a server that is running 2003.  I am going to use diskpart to add space to the drive, but I need to make it a dynamic disk first.  I want to make sure I will not lose any data on this before I do that.  
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WinstinkAsked:
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Please consider all other options before converting to dynamic disks. Most imaging products don't work with dynamic disks, and there are other issues as well. If you describe your setup including disk storage system, RAID controller, partition layout, volume(s) to be expanded, and amount of space you want to add I can give you some better options.
WinstinkAuthor Commented:
It's a virtual disk.  VMWare esx. it's the C: drive.  i don't need to add much.  i added about 4 gigs to the drive through VMware.  
kevinhsiehCommented:
There are a couple different ways to do it. You can shut down the VM and attach the VMDK to another VM and use diskpart.exe to expand it. You can also do a WinPE boot, or probably even gpart to expand it. I always just attach to another Windows VM.

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WinstinkAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I will look into those.
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