Will shrinking my D;\ Drive to create space to expand my C:\ drive using windows expansion affect how my system function

Posted on 2014-07-15
Last Modified: 2016-06-09
Please see attached an image of what my question is about. I have 4 physical drives 2 separate Arrays A&B.
Array A have Drive C: and D:
Array B have Drive B: and L:

Both RAID1 setup.

For me to do a hardware expansion, I will have to purchase additional disk drive, but we are budget tight. I want to use Windows software extension by shrinking drive D: so I can have some disk space to add to Drive C: without any system file corruption or Windows start acting funny. Can this be done without no issue as far as windows start failing after the expansion.

Question by:albsallu
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    Windows does not allow to shift data and that's what you'd have to do. Once more: to extend c:, you would need space taken from d: "at the left side" not at the right - this is not possible using windows.
    So you should go the recommended way of imaging all partitions, deleting d:, extending c:, creating a new, smaller d: and then restoring the contents of the d:-image to it.

    Author Comment

    so, you are suggesting moving all data from D: to some where else and then format it for me to be able to use 30-40 gb for C: and then recreate the D: partition again, correct?
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    Expert Comment

    Right. Move or image, outcome  is the same.

    Author Comment

    It was difficult to follow your suggestion because the way the drive was configured, there was no space between C: and D: drive for me to extend C: Drive. I have to use a partition utilities tool.
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    Expert Comment

    I am wondering, what we talked about earlier. I told you to delete d: after imaging it - so that no partitioning tools would be needed. But go ahead, if you have one. But that is usually not the quickest nor safest solution.

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