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Trouble moving a partition on a dell T610 Server

I have a client with a Dell server T610 running 2008 R2 64 Bit server. The server is configured with an raid 5 array consisting of a basic drive of 2.23T

Currently the disk is divided into 4 partions:
OEM  Partition: 39M
Recovery: 3GB
C: 40gb
d: 1965.42gb


There currently is 40gb of unallocated space between C and D and 185GB space after D.


Originally the D: drive was a full 2T after C, but what I'm trying to do is move D to the end of the drive and expand C. I've tried three different partition manager programs, and none of them seem to let me move d into the space at the end. At one point I though maybe since it was maxed that it could be the problem so i even shrunk D by 40gb (which is why there is space  in in front of it) to see if i could expand into the unallocated space. No Dice. 2 programs (minitool partition wizrard, and Paragon Partion manager) doen't show any space available after the partion when you go into the "move/resize" screen. The third product (EASEUS Partion master) shows the space available on the move/size screen but won't let you slide it over or manualy reduce the space after.

All Three programs show the unalocated space on the main partiton table screen.

Any one have any ideas? Thanks.
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Do you have OpenManage Server Administrator installed?  If so, go to Storage, PERC, Virtual Disks ... do you have one or two RAID 5's configured?  What are there sizes?

If you don't have it installed, you can download and install it:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R300521&SystemID=PWE_T610&servicetag=&os=WS8R2&osl=en&deviceid=2331&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=4&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=36&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=451207

Download and run to extract files, then run C:\Openmanage\windows\setup.exe.

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i have open manage installed as the icon is in the program list, but when i try to go to it i get an "internet explorer can't diplay the web page". I noticed that IIS wasn't installed so I installed it.idn't help.  I know though that I only have one raid 5 configured.
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The reason I ask about multiple RAID 5's is since your RAID 5 is 2.23 (over the 2TB partition limit of Windows), unless it is formatted as GPT (as opposed to MBR), in order to use all the space, two Virtual Disks would have had to be configured.  If that was the case, then it is likely that one RAID 5 would be configured large enough for the OS (40GB in this case), and the rest in a separate RAID 5.  This would also show up as separate "disks" in Windows Disk Management.

As long as these partitions are all showing on the same "disk" in Disk Management, you should be able to do what you are attempting to do.  Are you able to delete the D: partition altogether?  Backup (which I'm guessing you have anyway with all the utilities you have tried), delete, expand, create smaller D:, then restore would definitely be an easier way.

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About OMSA ... IIS is not required, as it installs its own small web server.  Did you do a "custom" install and change any of the defaults?  

It should not require a reboot on this system, but sometimes without a reboot it will connect a different way ... you might try:

Adding the site (localhost/hostname/ip) to your Intranet Zone
Opening https://localhost:1311/
Opening https://ipaddress:1311/

You could also run DSET to get specific storage information (you should be able to run it without installing the utility).

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in disk manager it comes up as 1 disk of 2.23. I haven't tried deleting it and recreating as i've been trying to avoid it.

as for omsa. I tried specifying the the ipaddress:1311 and got the same result. Is there a way of resetting that web process?
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I don't think there is a way to interact with OMSA's web server at that level (although you may try manually starting any of the DSM_ services that aren't running).  You could also try reinstalling OMSA ... I can't remember if it gives you a Repair option when you reinstall.  If not, just install it again as though you hadn't before.

If you have a single disk in Disk Management, then it must be GPT.  Maybe check your utilities' compatibility with GPT disks ... possible the ones you are using only work on MBR disks.  Other than that, I'm afraid I'm at a loss.  It may come down to deleting/expanding/restoring your D: drive if you can't find a utility that will work with GPT disks.  (Again, only guessing that is a possible reason for the utilities not working as one might normally expect.)
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Can you take screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here?
Also please go to C:\Program Files\Paragon Software\Partition Manager\Program and find there STUBACT.log file and load it here as well. I am quite experienced with Paragon Partition Manager so can explain why does it not want to work with your configuration.

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The problem appears to be that it is a 2.4 T MBR disk, so i'm not getting the whole thing. Spoke to Dell Who basically said I need to start from scratch.

Thanks For Your help

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