Expanding C: drive on Windows 2008R2 server
Posted on 2014-01-03
Have a Windows 2008R2 (SBS2011) server. HP P410i array controller, 4 600GB SAS drives. The original configuration was 146GB C: drive and 971GB F Drive. C: Drive is running out of space but F drive has 2/3 unused space. Had an online spare for the RAID5 configuration
Tried to shrink F drive but amount available was minimal. Thought it would be easiest to use the online spare (removing as a spare) and adding to the existing logical drive to allow expansion and replace the spare then.
Original configuration was a single 1.2TB logical disk with the C: and F: drives partitioned on it. However, when the additional 600GB drive was added to the logical disk, it placed the unused portion after the F: drive partition. In netware/oes, you could use that space by any volume. But in windows, while you can extend the F: drive, you cannot extend the C: drive.
In the past I had used a tool called Partition Command 10-Server edition to resize and move over a partition so the C: drive could be expanded. The tool, purchased in 2010 from Avanquest, appears to not be a currently supported tool and do not know if it would work reliably on the 2008R2 server. Worked with a 2003 server, non-raid, duplexed system after breaking the duplex.
What is the best way to accomplish this at a reasonable cost. I see a tool from EaseUS, a Chinese company, called Partition Master Server, cost $159, that would appear to perform the resize/move.
Another tool from PartitionMagicserver.com, called MiniTool Partition Wizard Server 8.1.1 is available for roughly the same price. Cannot determine where they are located.
I know Acronis has a tool, but significantly more expensive.
What are my choices and what is the recommended tool to use. If I would have know before, when I added the former spare to the array, I could have made it a new logical drive and then I think I could have used that space to expand each area. If the original installer had made the C: drive and F: drive each on its own logical drive, then I could also have allocated the new space from the former spare to each drive.
Again, what is the best way to resize/move/expand the c: and f: drives reliably and what tool, if needed, is a good tool.