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Dell PowerEdge TINY OS/primary partition

We have a Dell PowerEdge server that has a ~20GB primary partition that is 99% full and a secondary ~100GB partition that is 99% free.  You are see the problem.

What is the best way to handle this (without a reload)?  I was thinking this:

1) Clone the drive for safety

2) Backup secondary partition

3) Used GParted to resize partition

4) Copy data back to new, large, only partition

If anyone has any suggestions or a better way, please let me know!
Server HardwareWindows Server 2003Storage HardwareDell

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andyalder

8/22/2022 - Mon
rindi

No, leave the partitioning as it is. The sizes are just fine for windows 2003 (actually C is too large).

Instead follow leew's advice in the link below to cleanout uneeded stuff from your OS partition. He's one of EE's top experts:

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
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rindi: That is not an option.  The clients only wants one partition.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  I understand the rationale, but the client gets what the client wants.
John Easton

Depending on the OS you are using you may be able to resize the partition from disk management.  I believe that Windows 2008 onwards can do this.

Alternately there are a number of third party applications that can do this, but as I have not used then I could not say which ones are the best.

Regardless I would still take a full backup just in case.  Even the best software can have glitches.
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Unfortunately we are using Windows Server 2003.
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JEaston: That is pretty much my thought process as well.  Is there another tool you like better than GParted?
rindi

I don't agree with your point. You are the professional. It is your business to properly set up the server, and not the customer's to tell you how to best do your job.
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rindi: It is their hardware.  I can advise best practices and give them pros/cons, but it is ultimately their decision.  We have had an IT business for over 5 years with this practice and have been very successful.
John Easton

The first time I really had to repartition was during or upgrades to 2008 and the installer took care of that.  So I can't really recommend anything else.

A the end of the day, as long as you backup is solid if the portioning goes wrong you can undo it.
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