Win Server 2003 SBS Resize C Drive when low free space
Posted on 2012-04-13
I have to work on a Win Server 2003 Small Business that previous IT setup so that the C drive now only has 115 MB of free space. The Server has 4 GB of RAM.
The physical hard drive that C: is on is 250 GB but it partitioned with only 8 GB for C: and as mentioned it is out of space causing lot's of event log errors of course. The hard drive has lots of free space (over 200 GB free).
The response when logging in as admin is actually fairly normal, which I was surprised given it only has 115 MB free. I assume this is because not many programs are running and it is running out of the 4GB RAM. Most Win Desktops, when they get below 5 GB of free space crawl... Maybe the Win Server 2003 has a different design??
My question is: Since there is only 115 MB free space left on C: when I go the disk management and go to increase the size of the C drive will it likely fail since there is only 115 MB free on C?
I assume there needs to be some buffer space on the hard drive to perform the resize but not sure given the situation. I was planning to grow the C: drive to at least 60 GB but not sure if I can do that right away or have to do small chunks at a time (first grow from 8 GB to 10 GB, then 10 GB to 12 GB etc. until I get some decent free space on C.
I was also worried the resize will fail and make the server unbootable. All user data is backed up but there is no way to do an image backup etc. for course of the C drive.