Can you change a basic disk to dynamic on the fly on server 2003 R2 Std.?

I need to extend one of the volumes on my file server which I have done in the past but its been a while. The drive that needs to be extended is currenty a basic disk and does not do any shadow copy. I think I've done it on the fly before but wanted to be sure.

Thanks in advance
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You can.  I would however make sure you have a backup of any data on the drive.  In very few circumstances I have had issues and it can lead to data loss.  It's rare and I've done this many times in the past, so my failure rate isn't that high, but it can happen.


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Dynamic disks should be avoided wherever possible, can you create contiguous space so you can extend a basic disk using diskpart instead?
Create and entire image of the harddisk using Acronis Backup and Restore before experimenting

In any case you will be safe :)
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Is this data volme you need to extend or is it system one? Just take a backup of it with trial version of Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server Edition
Then exten the volme with Diskpart.exe (in case you operate with non system partition). And ou need partitioning tool like Paragon Partition Manager 11  in case you operate with system partition.
JayW1453Author Commented:
Yea I usually do this anyway but wanted to see if anyone really encountered issues. Thanks for the reply to everyone.
I pity whoever takes over from you when you move on for the added and probably unnecessary complication you've introduced by using dynamic disks.
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