Move disk space

Hi,
I'm running two servers, one is server 2008 r2 that is my main server. The other is server 2003 and that is my printer server. My question is i'm running out of space on my printer server on my C: and I want to know if I can take space from my D: that is free and give it to my C:.
 My C: has 12GB of space and only 180MB of free space, and my D: has 192GB of space and 185GB of free space on it. Those are the only to drives I have on the server.
 How do I do this?
jhillbosAsked:
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
The easiest way is to backup the contents of D:, delete the D: drive, then extend C: in Disk Management (right-click "disk", Extend), then create new/smaller D:, then restore data to it.

That is sometimes easier in some situations than in others, so if you need to resize the partitions while keeping all data intact, then you usually have to purchase expensive partition management software to do it for you.
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AwebsterCommented:
As far as i'm aware, server 2003 doesn't allow you to adjust diskspace on the fly for the OS partition.  With that said if this is a VM, you could potentially migrate it and expand the disk space at that time.

Aaron
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Free up space on the C Drive

Move the system paging file to your D Drive

Move the print spooling to the d drive.

see how much room you have then
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Ah ... I saw "2008 R2" and didn't realize that was irrelevant to the question.  For 2003, after deleting D:, you can use any partition utility to extend C: (GParted or even a 2008 R2 installation DVD).
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Hi,

The first thing that you need to check is what is filling your C: on Windows 2003, I have Windows 2003 with 10GB as my C: (OS) and I'm not experiencing any space issue at all at laest at the moment I still have about 3GB left.

Please use Treezise to see what is taken your space on C:\.

As one of the expert suggested, i would move my page file from C:\ to d:\ just keep a small page file on C: say 512MB just to take dump in case of crash.

Regards
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
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jhillbosAuthor Commented:
I had already moved the page files and printer spooling to the D:
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Here is a great program that tells you what is using all your disk space.

http://windirstat.info/

I use this on windows 2003 and windows 2008
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jhillbosAuthor Commented:
How do I use dparted. Do i have to burn it to a CD?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Do you mean gparted?  Yes, you download the ISO, and burn it to CD (as an image, not the file), boot to it , then extend C: (you must have first deleted the D: drive though so there is Unpartitioned space next to the C: drive).
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jhillbosAuthor Commented:
will the free version of gparted work on server 2003, or is it just for win 7/8/vista/xp?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
It will work the same on 2003 as for XP.  You can also use your installation DVD for 2008.  Either way, just make sure you have a backup first.
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pgm554Commented:
Biggest pain in the butt on server 2003 is that all patches that are installed are backed up in case you have to restore .

It eats up a large amount of disk space after the years.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290402

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/UserTips/Miscellaneous/RemovePatchUninstallFoldersToCleanHardDrive.html
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Is this server a DC Domain Controller?

I would first try to see what is taking up all the disk space first before I start trying to expand the drive.  Use the http://windirstat.info/  to find what is being used

If this is a DC AD server I would be very causious  about expanding the c drive.

If a member server  I would rebuild on a larger drive.

Second thing createing a server on only 12 GB is not best practice.
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jhillbosAuthor Commented:
Will gparted cause me to loose my data on the C drive? I heard that I might.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Not by design, but anything can happen when you are messing with system partitions, so be prepared with a backup.
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Explained here

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html


again I would not chose this method.

I would install on new hard drive.

As I asked before is this a DC or member server?
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