Free space in Extended Partition

I have a 1TB physical hard drive split into 5 volumes

Volume 1 - 100MB System Reserved
Volume 2 - 50GB C:\
Volume 3 - 512GB P:\
Volume 4 - 169.22GB Free space
Volume 5 - 200GB D:\

Volumes 4 and 5 are part of an extended partition

How can I extend volume 3 with the free space from volume 4 in the extended partition?
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antoniokingAsked:
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
are you able to select both partitions in the Disk Management of Windows 2008 and merge them?

if not, it seems you have to remove the extended partition in order to free up the space for volume 3.

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
You would need to convert the disk to a dynamic disk (right click) then add the free space to volume 3 as a 'spanned volume'.

Pete
antoniokingAuthor Commented:
OK, makes the job a bit more tedious as the D:\ contains namespace shares and replicated folders!
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
No need to change the drive type

I'd use the excellent Boot-It BM for this.    The free demo will do all you need.
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm

Download it; extract the files; and make a bootable CD with the MakeDisk utility.   Then do the following:

Boot to the CD;  select CANCEL at the first prompt; then OK.   Click on Partition Work ... then you need to do the following ...

(1) You need to "Slide" volume #5 to the beginning of the extended partition (free space "before" = 0)

(2)  You now need to Resize the extended partition (NOT the volume "inside" of it) to the smallest value you can.    When this is done, you'll have free space after the extended partition -- no longer "inside" of it.

(3)  You now need to "Slide" the extended partition to the end of the disk (e.g. free space "after" = 0)    When that operation finishes, the free space will be immediately after volume #3 -- so it can now be extended.

(4)  Resize volume #3 to add the free space to it.

Done :-)     Just exit Boot-It and reboot the system.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
If you want a non windows solution, here's me doing the same thing
Windows - Adding Unallocated Drive Space "From the left"




Pete
antoniokingAuthor Commented:
Thanks GaryCase but I don't have local access to the computer (it's based in our branch office 4000 miles away!)
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
This can be done by Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 without need to reboot as long as you do not touch your D: partition.
http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/
You need to install this tool on that machine - run it - right click on Extended partition (not D: but the green frame around it) and then select - Move/Resize.
Drag and drop it moving the left border to right.
Apply changes.
Then right click on P: - Move\Resize - catch the end of partition and drag it to right. Apply changes. Done.
antoniokingAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice. I moved the files to a backup. Removed the extended partition and re-created the partitions
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