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How to I expand the primary partition of my Windows 2008 R2 Std Server? How long should it take?

How to I expand the primary partition of my Windows 2008 R2 Std Server? How long should it take?
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crazydudesCommented:
This is fairly easy in 2008 server (both vanilla and R2).

Open you disk management (start, type diskmgmt.msc, hit enter).

Right click on your primary partition, choose extend and follow the prompts.

This is usually VERY QUICK (ie two minutes or less), unless you have ancient hardware.

All the best!
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Depends on the fact if you have any partition next to C: drive.
If C: drive has free unalliocated space block right after C: drive then quite easy.
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genaccountingAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I do have another partition next to the primary partition, and then another unallocated section of the HDD.

What should I do to move the other partition over?

Thank you very much...
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you do not have much data on this second partition then copy out the data from partition temporarily to another drive.
Go to Windows Disk Management.
Delete this second partition so you have C: and then free space.
Right click on C: - Extend - show the new size and hit Ok.
After that when extending is done create partition of the left space and copy your data back.
This is the easiest variant.
A bit complex way is to use third party partitioning tool which does not have limitations like Windows Disk Manager has. There you can downsize left border of D: partition (the one adjacent to C: drive) and the allocate this space to C:
I use Paragon Partition Manager 11 Server for this purpose: www.partition-manager.com
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