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Extending the System (C:) partition in SBS 2008

I have a client with a Dell server where the C drive is 50GB and rather than configure various logging features etc. to keep the disk trimmed, I'd rather just add a 1TB drive and extend the partition onto it.  I notice from various web pages that the examples of extending the volume using the GUI (Extend Volume) seem to allow it to take more space from the existing physical hard disk.

How do I extend a C system partition, spreading it across 2 physical hard disks?  Does Server 2008's "Extend Volume" command allow this?
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Can't spread across two disks, even with dynamic disks such things aren't possible for the boot disk because the files needed during boot could get relocated to the second disk and hence be unaccessible during boot time.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Since the original system disk is actually partitioned into a 60GB C and a 402GB D, what's the best way to enlarge C?  Dince my D drive has about 150GB free, I could shrink the partition by say 20GB and then expand C by 20.  The extra 20GB would be great.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You must delete the D drive to extend to that partition.

http://www.petri.co.il/extend-disk-partition-vista-windows-server-2008.htm

You must have unallocated space next to the partition that you want to extend to
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Oh, that's kind of crummy. :-(

I guess mirroring or ghosting to a new large drive is my only option?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Imaging the drive could do it but there are some partition tools out there that allow you to do this but just from my experience I really don't like to use them on servers.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
I guess I could add a second drive, move the contents of D to it, rename it as D, delete the old D partition, and extend C onto it.  Think that would work?
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
You didn't mention initially that you had another partition on the disk; you can indeed move everything from there to a new D: drive and delete the current second partition and extend using disk manager.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Oh, hang on though, is it partitioned in hardware or software? i.e. do they appear as two separate disks in disk manager or one big one?
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noxchoCommented:
If the D: partition is adjacent to C: then yes, connect another HDD - copy the content of D: either manually or clone the entire partition to 1TB disk.
Then in Windows Disk Management right click on D: - delete. After that assign the D: drive letter to new partition on 1TB drive.
When ready extend C: partition. Right click on C: - Extend partition. Specify new size and it is done.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks - for me that would be the most practical solution.
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