Rezising a software RAID1 partitions

Hello,

We just purchased a dedicated server, running Windows 2008 R2. For my suprise it was build on two partitions and only 60GB left for operating system and program files and all the rest is for data. However support team says this is not their job to merge/resize my partitions. I have no data there and can re-image the server if something goes wrong. How do I resize/extend my primary partition ?

Thank you,
goliveukAsked:
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BiniekCommented:
HI

If there is no data on Data partition, just delete it, and use diskpart or Disk Management Console (diskmgmt.msc) and extend SYSTEM partition ( right click on partition and EXTEND) , when You extend to proper size, next create new partition from reset of disk - DATA Parttion.


Or if You have data on DATA partition, You can use Gparted from Linux Live or Paragon Partition Manager 2013 - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/ or other free tools
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rindiCommented:
On a 2008 r2 server 60GB for the System partition really should be enough. Software can be installed on the other partition(s), the OS itself, even when everything is installed, uses less than 20GB.

Only special servers, like SBS 2011 would need a larger system partition.
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the_endjinnCommented:
I would suggest deleting the data partition and using Server 2008 disk management to extend your system partition. As long as you are extending onto adjacent space then the built in tools will do it for you in a predictable and reliable way.

Just right click the partition (as below) and if you have space (unlike me) then Extend will not be greyed out.
Extend option in Disk Management
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Agree with the last post => with no data to be concerned with, it's very simple to just use the built-in tools in Disk Management.

Just right-click on Computer; select Manage; then click on Disk Management.

You'll see your C: drive, followed by your data drive (presumably D:).

If you in fact have NO data on D:, you can simply right-click on it; then Delete it.   Then you can right-click on C:, and extend it to whatever size you want.    Then you can click on the remaining free space and create a new volume -- giving the the same name and label you just had (but obviously a smaller size).


If you actually have data on D: that you need to keep, you can easily do what you need here with Boot-It BM.   You would simply Resize D:, then "Slide" it; and then Resize C:
Post back if that's what you need to do and I'll provide step-by-step instructions.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Going to be gone for a good bit, so if you need to use Boot-It just look at my posts in this thread:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Hard_Drives/Q_28207134.html
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andyalderSaggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
I didn't realise disk manager could extend unless you broke the mirror first and then re-made it afterwards.
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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
So where does RAID come in to this?
Is the volume these two patroons are on a RAID volume? If so then it doesn't come into it. If the partitions are mirrored separetly then that's another matter
So what is the config?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Can you post a screen shot of your disk management overview?
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goliveukAuthor Commented:
Thank you all,
I had to broke the RAID, resize the partitions an re-create the RAID.
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