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Extend C: drive on Windows 2003 Standard server that was converted from physical machine

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Recently converted a physical machine, Windows 2003 Standard to VMware guest.  Need to add additional space to the c:\ drive on this server.  Added space through vCenter.  On the server; space shows as 'unallocated' in disk management.  However, when trying to extend disk using diskpart, receive message:  "The volume you have selected may not be extended.  Please select another volume and try again."

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by:Lee W, MVP
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In 2003, the OS could not extend the boot/system volumes.  Shutdown the VM, attach the hard drive to another VM and extend it there.  Then reattach to the VM and reboot (BACKUP FIRST).

And of course, you could just clean up the drive and re-organize the data.
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by:trinity2007
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Thank you, I thought this was what I needed to do.  Just wanted verification.  Unfortunately, no more data to cleanup.
Thank you!
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by:Seth Simmons
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no need to shutdown and move the drive elsewhere
use extpart
if you added 10gb to drive C, just run extpart c: 10240
takes a couple seconds; did it several times yesterday on some older 2003 guests with no issues

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=R64398
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We have a product the company has used before called EaseUS Unlimited...this worked great and very easy to use.
Thank you
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by:trinity2007
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Using EaseUS was very easy to use and took about 2 minutes to expand the drive.  Product I strongly recommend, it's not free but worth the purchase if you have many Win2003 servers that are virtual.
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