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I am running windows server 2008 and  my C drive is running out of the space, I have D,E and F drive but they are in a saperate logical disks like, C drive is in disk0, D drive is in disk1 and etc, I tried to use minitool partition wizard server edtion but it didn't work for me so is it possiple to merge this logical drives into one C  drive


Regards Fahad.
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by:Raymond Peng
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Are these disks unallocated space? If so, then just go start > run > diskmgmt.msc and right click the drive you want to extend and say extend volume.
If you extend partition to spanned volumes, there's no fault tolerance and one failed disk will affect the whole partition.
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by:Tony J
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Even if they're not empty, it may still be possible with a similar process to the above.

Right click on each of the D, E & F volumes in disk manager and shrink the volume. There are limits to just how far you can shrink an NTFS volume with the inbuilt tools due to things like where NTFS stores the partition map.

Once they're all shrunk, you should then be able to reclaim the new space from them as above.

There are third party tools that can do this for you too from free (gparted, for example) to paid-for (Acronis) but be careful. Firstly ensure you have a good backup as this kind of low-level activity can cause issues if something goes wrong such as loss of power or an "oops" moment.

Also, if you do have data on these partitions, I'd be very wary of trying to collapse them into a single partition - you may have things referencing those specific drives.

A more graceful and potentially safer, if somewhat slower and potentially more expensive, method may be to put in a larger disk, and do a backup and restore from the existing to the new. Again, the likes of Acronis do some really good disk-to-disk imaging tools, but at a cost.
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by:noxcho
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If the logical drives are detected as partitions on separate disk (you said Diks0 - C: and Disk1 - D: etc) then no change to combine the space.
But best answer you would get if you take screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here.
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Thank you all for your help.

I already managed my problem by converting   my disk2 (E)and disk3 (F) into dynamic then I moved/Resized  the E and F and I added their space to D using minitoolpartition wizard then I deleted E and F partition. now I have D that is 409GB and C so   but  I need to move my shared folder in the C drive that my users were using into D drive I will need to change  the GPO policy and also copy the shared folder files and to paste into the new shared folder in The D drive  but  my question is how can I migrate or copy the shared folder in the C drive into D  and what is the best way ?
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by:andyalder
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Ewww, dynamic disks :(
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by:fahad44
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The reason is all the expert  comments were not helpfull so I got the solution from my self
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