Partition Software for a Server

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 and the C: drive is running out of space, however my D drive is HUGE. I think the easiest way to fix this is to use a disk partition tool. I see one from minitool, Gpart, Paragon, Partition Manager, etc. I have no experience with ANY of these. I am looking for a recommendation from someone on which one would be my best bet to use.

I am going with this solution because the specialized apps on my C drive are very difficult to install and configure, so I do not want to put in a bigger C drive and have to load everything back and reconfigure.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Using partitioning software has a NON-ZERO chance of DESTORYING your install by corrupting the disk.

I would first recommend you ENSURE everything has been appropriately moved/adjusted so as not to take up space on the C: drive. You might have missed something or not realize something large that can be moved hasn't been - run WINDIRSTAT (third party tool) as the system account (by running it through PSEXEC) and you'll get a more complete picture of everything taking up space.

If it TRULY requires you to resize C: I would STRONGLY recommend you move the contents of D: to another disk, delete the D: partition, extend the C: partition, and recreate the D: partition and move everything back.  FAR SAFER in my opinion.  Of course, this would be a problem if you had virtualized the server to begin with... you'd be able to increase the size of the virtual hard disk and extend the partition that way.
Manfred BertlManagerCommented:
For that kind of task, I use Parted Magic. With gparted, you can easily change/move/resize partitions in any way you want. Off course, this is a live cd, your server system will be offline during the time of changing. I expect, you have a natural understanding of backing up everything, before you do anything on partition level.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If your D: partition is not pretty in use then copy out the data from it - delete it.
Then in Windows Disk Management right click on C: - Expand.
Take as much space as you want.
Then recreate the D: partition and copy back the data.
You do not need any third party tool for this.

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bobrossi56Author Commented:
I go into Disk Manager, I right click on the C drive but the option to EXTEND VOLUME is greyed out. I am logged onto the server as Administrator.
bobrossi56Author Commented:
Here is a screen shot of Disk manager. I am thinking if I can move stuff off of E:, then blow E: away, the C: drive can use that extra 93gb of space, right?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
This is because there is no adjacent free space after C:
You need to delete E: (do not forget to copy out the data). Then you need to delete the Extended partition (the green frame around E: drive). After that the Extend will be active.
And yes, move the data to D: and take the whole space. This will work as long as you did not install any program onto E:
bobrossi56Author Commented:
OK, checking for programs on E: now...
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Programs can be reinstalled. If any database is involved then move it to D:
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Let me make this VERY VERY Clear.  There is NO WAY to add space to your C: drive form the D: drive.  Period.

When people post that they want to take space from D: and add it to C: it's assumed that they are on the same physical disk.  Your screen shot (you really should have included that from the start) makes it clear the E: drive is what must go.  Delete E: and the extended partition as noxcho said and then you can expand C:.  The maximum size for the C: drive, without replacing the drive, is 120 GB (+- a couple GB).
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