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Windows 2008

Experts I want to image my 2008 sbs  server so I can partition the hard disk I just want pointers on this and what you recommend for backup solutions. This drive is too small and I wanted to extend the partition. Somebody used Durbon parts manager version 10 . I'm going to shrink the D  drive. which has extra space and then extend the C drive this is a good idea
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joelsplaceCommented:
Free:  If you don't have anything on D or you can copy it off you can delete the D: drive and extend C: using the built in Disk management program.  Then recreate D and copy files back.
Expensive:  Paragon has some great server disk management tools.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
If you get Acronis Disk Director for Servers...you can slide that partition barrier pretty easily without dumping, repartitioning and restoring.

Weigh the cost of the software against the man hours and downtime. You'll probably find that its worth it.
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fessiambreAuthor Commented:
I just want to make sure that that would be the best  solution as it  concerns me changing conditions on the fly
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joelsplaceCommented:
That depends on what and how much you have on the D partition.  If it isn't much then using disk management is fast and easy.  If you have a lot of stuff with complicated permissions then the $ solutions are probably best.
I like using the MS tool because I've never had issues with it.  I have had issues with others.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Well, that is what that software is built to do... I have a couple of customers that have it and worked in their situations.
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HobettCommented:
To back up the server so that you could re-deploy the image, I would suggest using Windows PE 3.1 which is the pre-installation environment used by WDS for deploying capturing images. You woild need at the minimum a Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD to be able to create a bootable USB drive that can have GimageX added to it or ImageX. This would give yuo a backup and the means to restore the data once the partiion has been resized.

A free and reliable partition resizing tool would be the Linux based PartEd. This works with NTFS partitions and I have used it on the rare occasions I have had to resize customers servers.
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fessiambreAuthor Commented:
I have a c drive with very limited space and a d drive with
Much more space. I will resize the d drive and take 100 GB from it and then would I extend or resize the c drive?
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fessiambreAuthor Commented:
I have a c drive with very limited space and a d drive with
Much more space. I will resize the d drive and take 100 GB from it and then would I extend or resize the c drive?
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joelsplaceCommented:
The terminology depends on the software you are using.  Extending is resizing.  The reason you have to delete the d partion with the Windows tool is that it won't move the D partition to the end of the drive after resizing it so you can extend the C partition.
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HobettCommented:
The recommended minimum size for a 2008 SBS server's C drive according to Microsoft is 32GB, normally 50GB is ample with any applications or database being hosted on the D drive.

"I'm going to shrink the D  drive. which has extra space and then extend the C drive this is a good idea?"

As long as you have a backup that is viable - tested. Then whilst it isn't the best option, it may be you're only option. http://gparted.sourceforge.net/larry/resize/resizing.htm Explains how to use PartEd to achieve what yo want to do. Defragmenting your hard drive before carrying out any resizing operation is good practice.

Depending on how much more space you need you can do the following if you have not already tried them: reduce the amount of space reserved for the recycle bin from 10% to 5 or 3%. Move the pagin file from the C drive to the D drive, reducing the paging file on the C drive to retain some for a memory dump if the server crashes. Remove any unnecessary applications or reinstall any applications to the D drive.
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fessiambreAuthor Commented:
Thank you to all who give their opinions I get points to the ones that I used thank you but you are all right
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