I have an SBS2008 server that is getting low on disk space on the C: partition. See attached graphic: Notice that the C: partition is getting low on space, but on the same logical disk, the D: data partition has way more space than it will ever need. I'd like to copy off the data on the D: drive to an external device, delete the D: partition, add maybe 100GB to the C: partition, then recreate D: with what's left.
Note that logical Disk1 on the graphic is actually a Dell PERC 6/i RAID5 array, with 3x500GB physical drives.
Can I add just 100GB to the C: partition? I know I've done this before, but I added the entire remaining unallocated space to C:, not just a portion of it.
When I copy the data back to the recreated D: partition, will the permissions and shares be intact? Is there a method of copying the D: data off and then back on that will retain all of the security/share metadata? I do have a backup application that I could use to move the D: data back and forth if that is maybe a better way to do it.
There is a shrink function in the GUI. Would that be a better option, shrink the D: partition and use the remaining space to extend the C: partition?
Finally, if I do it this way, what type of partition should I make the D: partition when I recreate it? There are a couple of options as I remember.