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I am converting a physical Windows 2003 server to a VM using VMware converter. The C drive on the old server is very small and I allocated more space during the conversion.

What free tools can I use to expand the C drive on the Windows 2003 VM after it has been moved to the VMware server?
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You should be able to use dispart built in to Windows.  There are some constraints but check here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007266
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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I would use the following Dell Extpart.exe

quick and easy to use

download here

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R64398&formatcnt=2&fileid=83929

You can use VMware Converter to do this?

see my EE Article

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk
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Thanks! The VM is going to take about 12 hours to move from a Dell server to an IBM Server running VMware. I will give these a try tomorrow :)
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if you are converting with converter, this conversion, can change the size of the disk and partition in one process, there should be no need, to use any additional third party utilities to add/reduce the partition.
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ok, it might then be doing that because I specified a new size for the C drive during the conversion process. If so that would be sweet!
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Yes, converter is very flexible, and is often used to complete V2V, to change the size of virtual hard disks, and partitions in one pass.

see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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vmware converter is the easiest, safest and best option with out a shadow of doubt
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ran into issues, ended up loading windows fresh and moving services.
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