Extend space on C drive - Server 2012 or 2008

I have a couple of servers (Windows 2012 Standard and a 2008 R2 Standard) that are running out of disk space on their C Drive but have plenty of free space on the D Drive - the next volume. However, when I use Disk Management to shrink D, I lend up with a free space after the D Drive. Since it is not next t the C drive, I can not merge it with the C drive, as you all know. My question is, what software do you recommend and have personally use with great success that can fix my issue and extend the C drive - Acronis, Easeus, etc.. Not looking for a freebie, that might work; looking for an excellent, paid product that will do the job right... thank you for your opinion....
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There should really be no need to even bother about resizing partitions. Rather maintain your systems so that you don't use too much space on the system partition. Don't install software to C:, do regular cleanups, make sure logs are saved elsewhere, backups don't fail, etc., and you won't have any problems with your system drive getting too small, provided you didn't make it too small to begin with...

Otherwise backup. remove D:. Extend C:. Restore D: to the new, smaller space. You should be able to do that with the built-in tools or the backup software you already have.

3rd party tools I'd recommend is GParted which is included on the PCRepix LiveDVD. It should work fine with most RAID controllers. just make sure it sees the array as an array and not the individual disks. The best commercial product would be from Paragon.


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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Before we even suggest about using GPARTED, etc., how many physical disks do you have and how are the volumes created.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Here is the best tool for resize, clone, backup, virtualize etc: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/
If you can afford copying out your data from D: drive (or any other next to C: partition) then do it and using Windows Disk Management extend the C: drive as much as you want. After that recreate the D: partition and copy back the data.
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xav1963Author Commented:
One server has a software raid with mirror 1 and the other has hardware raid with raid 5....
What type of RAID you are using makes no difference to what I mentioned above.

But of course I would never use RAID 5 anymore these days. It is unreliable, slow, when you have failures you have a higher risk of of other failures nuking your data. Disks today are large enough and cheap enough that you don't have to risk using RAID 5. This has nothing to do with the actual Question though.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Take screen shots from both servers and post them here. You will get detailed answers on both.
xav1963Author Commented:
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