To Increase OS Drive in 64 Bit Win 2k3 VM-Not adjacent to unallocated space

Here issue is i can not use dell utility due to 64 bit, another major concern is .

From one vmdk , I already have 2 drives created in OS Win 2003 64 Bit  like C [OS] and D [Data] Drive from single vmdk.

now i increased spaces on this single vmdk,but when i go to increase the same in OS,it is not showing any option to increase\extend it for c drive,but showing for D Drive  adjacent to unallocated space.?

Please advise if this is possible with  no downtime or if  we need downtime , how we can get this done with minimal efforts and surety .

Thanks.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Firstly, never have multiple drives per Virtual Disk, there is absolutely no reason to do so.

Easiest would be to create a new VMDK to hold the second disk, I'll assume D drive. Stop all access to the server, stop all services and now Migrate/Copy/Move all of the data from your D: drive to this new drive. You can now delete the partition that was your D:drive, Extend your C: drive into that space and ensure that your new disk mounts as the D: drive.

Job done.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Any third party partition manager will do what you require.

my EE Article lists some free partition utilities

HOW TO:  Resize a VMware (VMDK) Virtual Disk

Make sure you have a full backup before you mangle your partitions, this is not a snapshot!
Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Hi,
you have also the option in VMware converter, that say :
create a separate VMDK for each partition

Or something really approaching. It is enabled by default in converter wizard and disk options if I remember correctly.
But Maybe the fastest solution will be the Andrew's one wit 3rd party partition utility.
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compdigit44Commented:
You cannot extend the C:\ drive because it is a System Drive and is Windows 2003 it will not let you do this.

Like other have mention you have third party tools that can do this but if this is not an option I have done the following in the past in a pinch.

*take a snapshot of the VM*
1) Power off the Windows 2003 server
2) Mount the VMDK for 2003 VM into another VM hopefully 2008 or greater..
3) Make sure you can see all hidden files
4) create a folder called backup on the 2003 VM old drive
5) Move all system files on the C:\ to the backup folder
6) open diskpart
7) select drive
8) try to extend it
9) IF successfully place all system files back in their original location
10) remove from secondary VM
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Snapshotting the VMs is dangerous! I would avoid at all costs, especially when moving to another machine!

You'll only end up back here on EE, asking a question how to fix the mess!

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compdigit44Commented:
I would take hancock's advice with the snapshot since he is a guru at this ..
patronTechnical consultant Author Commented:
Thanks.
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