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Windows SBS 2003 Trying to use unallocated disk space....

I have 869.93 gigabytes of unallocated disk space on a raid 5 server configuration. How do I utilize this remainin space? I am currently using 565 gigabytes of disk space. There are 4 500 gigabyte SATAu drives on a Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server.
When I click on the space it does not give me options to format, partition or assign a drive letter.
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ezekuelCommented:
Are you wanting to use this space as a seperate partition with a seperate drive letter - like a data partition? or are you wanting to use this unallocated space to extend or merge onto an existing partition? If you are wanting to extend a partition is it the boot/system partition?

If you are just wanting to extend a data partition or just format and allocate a drive letter to the unallocated space you can do this by using diskpart.exe that's included with server 2003 - If you are wanting to extend/merge with the system drive you are going to need to use some third party software like minitool partition magic etc.

Let me know what you are actually wanting to do and I will tell you how to do it!

Thanks
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Well now that you offer that, I would like to extend the operating system drive to a bigger size and extend one of the partition sizes if that is possible without too much work?
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
I currently have on Disk O: 39 mg healthy EISA config, C partition 25.77 gig NTFS healthy, Z partition 200 gig NTFS healthy, S partition 300 gig NTFS healthy, S partition 300 gig NTFS healthy & 869.93 gig unallocated
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pgm554Commented:
Can't be the C: (boot)drive.

Use diskpart

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
I found that I could not extend the C: partition or any partiton unless it was next to the unalocated space....
weird...
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ezekuelCommented:
sorry I was out of the office. diskpart WILL NOT let you extend the boot drive.

In fact it is not possible to extend the system drive unless the unallocated space is 'next to it'

Third party tools like minitool partition magic will let you extend/merge non system partitions and do a variety of other things, however the unallocated space needs to by contingeous with the system partition.

I recently had this issue with a clients server where the original set up had all the data to also be stored on the system partition (why oh why!!!) and it was seriously running out of space in a big way - long story short, had to manually copy all data off system drive onto another partition, manually recreate shares... really was not fun.

So unless you have unallocated space on the system disk you wont be able to extend it.
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WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyCommented:
I believe you can extend the boot drive using Dell's Extpart.exe. If your PowerEdge is under warranty they will walk you through it however they will explain they are not responsible and leave the actual expanding up to you. They will send you a link for the extpart.exe utility.

If you're not under warranty you can download here.
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pgm554Commented:
If you want to save time and effort ,then get a real tool for the job.

Paragon and Acronis are excellent products to scratch your itch.

Easus might work,but I'm not sure how ell the freebie works with the server stuff.

http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager-server/

You're also out of partitions in MBR as I believe you are limited to 3 primary and one extended.

Here's another freebie,use at your own risk

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
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noxchoCommented:
You can do easily the task with Paragon Partition Manager 12 Server www.partition-manager.com or with free version of Parted Magic boot CD: http://sourceforge.net/projects/partedmagic/
If you take and load here a screen shot of your Windows Disk Management then I will give you step by step guidance.
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
How do I post a screenshot here?
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noxchoCommented:
There a an option under respond window - attach file. Use it simply to attach png or jpg file.
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Still working on this...
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Still working on this...
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