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Resize System Partition on Windows 2003 Server Dynamic Mirror Easus error

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I originally posted about this server in question 27847203:
SBS 2003 software RAID 1 - can partitions be resized? Software recommendations?
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SO the freed up space from deleting Symantec temp and definition files didn't last very long. Today I bit the bullet and did exactly what Noxcho said:
"You can brake the mirror then convert one drive into basic and after that make resize. Then convert the disk back to dynamic and rebuild the mirror."

I broke the mirror. I then used Easus Partition Master Server Ed to try to change it from Dynamic to Basic and there it gave me an error in Chinglish:  "Find some partition error, continue this operation might cause boot failure and data loss, are you sure to proceed?" I looked it up and Easeus support suggests chkdsk /f - good idea. So I boot from Win 2003 server disk and go to Recovery console and run chkdsk /f and it doesn't recognize the switch /f. So I ran /r it gives a warning that there are some unrecoverable errors and goes no further. Greaaaaaat....

This disk still boots but it's no longer mirrored. I can't seem to run chkdsk on it to fix it. I think my next move is to use Ghost to clone it for safe keeping then find a disk utility that can deal with the "unrecoverable error"

The second disk: drive1 that was split off the mirror doesn't quite boot. If I move it to Primary channel,  It gives me some error about user account failure - I forget. in the background, in what should be the login window, it says it's restoring Directory Services or something. I didn't write it down.

Any suggestions on a strong server disk utility that can fix my "unrecoverable error"? (The server has run, mostly without problems for 12, 13 years. We're getting close to retiring it...
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Me here. You say you cannot run a chkdsk, what does it mean? Any error when you do chkdsk x:?
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Hi, yeah, it gave an error. I think it mentioned an "unrecoverable error".

I figured that was a dead end so I went a different route. I read a suggestion to Ghost the disk0 to another drive and resize the partitions at that time. That's what I did. I used Norton Ghost (11 I think) and cloned it to another drive, enlarging the C partition. I think I tested that clone in the server first. All good, so I cloned it back to disk0. Again tried the disk in the server. All good. Then I reconnected disk1. In Windows, use disk manager to wipe out disk1's partitions. Converted disks to dynamic and mirrored disk0 to 1. Let it sit to marinate overnight. All good now. Server working fine for a week.

Thanks for helping, looks like I solved it.
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I solved the issue before receiving replies.
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