Disk partition Extending

Hi ,

We have Exchange Mailbox Server which is installed on VM ( esx) . Currently we are facing some space issue on the Server & when I chaked , that particular disk having two partion ( out of which one having issue) & 60gb unallocated disk space available on the Drive, but disk is basic diak.

Can I utilize ( extended ) that 60 GB without any downtime & impacting my current DB.

Please suggest.
padas6Asked:
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KimputerCommented:
You can extend the partition TO THE LEFT of the 60 GB unallocated space. It means, that if the first partition is the working one, then comes the "problem" partition, then comes the unallocated space, you CANNOT extend your free space). If that's the working partition, you can add the 60 GB to it (using programs like Acronis DiskDirector or similar), but it cannot be done while the system is running. You will need to power down the server, and boot it with the Acronis boot disk, then after the repartitioning (basically, you resize the partition, dragging the right side to cover the unallocated space) is completed, reboot.
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padas6Author Commented:
Hi ,

Thank for the reply, but I little bit confused your comments.

Attached the Disk partion details & this a VM Machine.

Please suggest.
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KimputerCommented:
Yes, only drive G: can be extended to 160GB. Shutdown the server (inside your VM), in your VM properties, let it boot from the Acronis disk (physical CD-ROM, or CD-Rom software image), and resize drive G:.
If on the other hand you need drive F: resized, you first have to move partition G: to the right, so that the allocated space is now next to drive F:, after that, resize F: to 16GB.
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padas6Author Commented:
Thanks , now it is clear for me.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you don't need to shutdown the computer and use 3rd party utilities for this
this is not a boot/system/pagefile partition which means G can be extended natively while the system is running

the only windows 2003 restriction for extending a disk volume with disk management or diskpart is if it's a boot/system/pagefile partition

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590

you would need a third-party utility if you wanted to extend F since the free space is non-contiguous
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padas6Author Commented:
Useful information & successfully extended partition as well.
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