Partition Manager


I am trying to partition a server 2003 x86 disk which has only 1 gb of space left.  It is a vm, and I added more space to the disk, but diskpart wont work here to increase the size.  Does anyone know of a free tool to increase the disk space of this server?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you can try gparted

diskpart won't extend the system volume in 2003; only 2008 and higher supports that feature
Jack_son_Author Commented:
okay, although this is a 2003 system, is there a version that will work with this?
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you boot from that iso; just attach to the virtual machine and boot to it
it will, however, need a reboot to that iso and run gparted but the process won't take long at all since you are just extending the partition limits and not moving data

the problem with some of these other free windows utilities that do the same thing is that it's free for personal use and won't run on a server; works for only xp/7/8

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Boot-It BM works fine in virtual machines.    Just download it; create an ISO; and then boot to that ISO and you should be able to Resize the partition with no problem.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
see my EE Article for partition tools

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Mount this virtual drive to another machine and use there Diskpart to extend the volume. Diskpart won't work on system drive only. But if the drive is slaved to another machine - it will work without a problem.
I have used GParted with complete success. Although, out of all the times I've used it (10 maybe), 1 time I used it, my VM got corrupted. So, suffice it to say, whichever tool you use, make sure you have a full VM image backup as a precautionary measure. Also, FYI - diskpart will only work with non-system disks (i.e. non C: drive). Diskpart would work for a 'data' volume.

Just make sure your VM's BIOS is set to boot to a CD drive (rt-click, Edit Settings on the VM > Options tab > Boot Options, then check the box to boot to BIOS on next restart to change the Boot Order).

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