resize virtual disk

I have a vmware virtual machine. Guest OS is windows 2003R2. Virtual machine have one virtual disk, which is partitioned in two logical disks inside, one with the size of 8GB and holds the OS and one with the size of 20GB and holds data.
Because I am low on disk space on OS drive I need to resize it.
The problem is that the disk is one with two logical disk inside and i cannot extend the first partition.
VMWare esxi versions are 4.1U1.
Any idea how to do it.
dedriAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Normally, you would use the option Convert Machine option and follow the wizard.

Yes, we used converter many times.

see this EE Question I answered with steps and screenshots

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28003908.html#a38805416
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Create a second virtual disk, move the contents of the second partition to the new VD and you will now have space on the firt VD to expand it.

In a VM environment NEVER vreate a VD with multiple partitions, there is absolutely no point to it at all.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Excellant article by hanccocka on the process to do the resize of your partition but i stress the fact...

Dont have multiple partitions on Virtual Disks. No point, No need and will always come back to cause you a problem some day.
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dedriAuthor Commented:
the problem is that the installation of the some programs are on drive D. It will not work if I just copy/paste the data from D to some other disk.
VMware vCenter Converter is installed on my Vcenter and when I click on host I have an option Import. From there I can start the wizard. But it does not give me the options to resize just a partition, only the whole disk.
Anyone that done this with Gparted?
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TazDevil1674Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Another way you may get round this issue is to clone the virtual disk so you have 2 identical disks...  On disk one delete the 2nd partition (D:); on disk two delete the 1st partition (C:)...

You can then extend C: on disk one and you will have a 'waste' of 8gb on disk two (I would suggest andother patition and put you pagefile there)

I would do this by attaching these virtual disks to another VM as its easier to do - especially a 2008 box!

This would mean there is no way you will break programs that are installed...
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Neil RussellConnect With a Mentor Technical Development LeadCommented:
You create the new VD, create a drive on it in windows as e: or f: or g:....., it matters not, Copy the D: drive contents to this new drive, VALIDATE, delete the d: drive and the using disk manager change the drive letter of the Newly created drive back to D:

Now you have two seperate drives c: and D: just like before.
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