add space to C drive

Hello,

I have a Windows 2012 server that is partitioned with a C and D drive. The D drive is barely being used so I was able to remove some space by using 'shrink' in disk management. How do I add that space to the C ?  The layout is simple and the type is basic.

Thanks
zelfanetAsked:
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
When C and D are drives, then you cannot do that.
zelfanetAuthor Commented:
It can't be done? If not within Windows, is there a third party solution?
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SnibborgOwnerCommented:
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Without wasting time watching a video or clicking link after link that could expire one day (Snibborg's comments may be deleted since they are ONLY links and no actual instructions) here's what to do:

1. Backup your D: drive.  Delete it.  Extend your C: drive.  Recreate your D: drive, restore it.  Done.
2. Use third party tools - but these will likely take a while since they have to "Move" the start of the D: drive on the disk.  Doing this also has a non-zero chance of corrupting your install.  I believe it's safe to do #1.

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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
How does your Disk Management view look like?

When C and D are drives - as you said - then this means that they are two different pieces of hardware. Then you cannot do it.

When C and D are volumes on the same drive, then look at the links provided by Snibborg.
SnibborgOwnerCommented:
Without wasting time watching a video or clicking link after link that could expire one day (Snibborg's comments may be deleted since they are ONLY links and no actual instructions) here's what to do:

The instructions are in the links, why repeat it?  It is a tried and trusted method.  

If you bother to read the question, Lee W, you will see that he has already shrunk the D drive.  So you want him to delete it as well?
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Before we get a flame war going on here. A 3rd party partitioning tool is required to do an inplace movement of the data/partition information for Drive D.. There is a risk in doing this that could make the entire drive unreadable. i.e. a power failure at a critical time.   You could do it 1000 times without fail and the 1001st have it fail.  Backup/Copy elsewhere blow away the partition and restore works every-time.. and one should always have tested backups right? It also may have the least downtime..

That being said Gnome Partition Editor works as well as most other partition editors
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Snibborg -

The instructions are in the links, why repeat it?  It is a tried and trusted method.  
Actually it's not.  You should read the rules of Experts-Exchange.  Blind links like "here you go - <link>" because they can die and change.  Refer to http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/portal/articles/1162518

If you bother to read the question, Lee W
Thanks, I'll take that as an insult since that's the way you appear to have intended it.

you will see that he has already shrunk the D drive.  So you want him to delete it as well?
Yes, that's exactly what I want him to do.  For basically the reasons that David Johnson pointed out.  Or you could educate me if you know something I don't... show me - and everyone else - how to extend the C: partition WITHOUT USING THIRD PARTY TOOLS after shrinking it... you can't as far as I know because shrinking adds space at the end of the D drive, not between the partitions.
zelfanetAuthor Commented:
Hello,

Deleting the D is not going to be an option as there are programs installed there. I guess I will have to use a third party tool, can anyone recommend one?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Before you go nuts with repartitioning - how large is the C: drive to begin with?
zelfanetAuthor Commented:
The C is 40 gig.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Ok, way too small.  
Sorry - After 20+ professional years in IT I don't trust third party programs to repartition things anymore.  Takes too long and on the occasions they fail... it's a HUGE mess.  I would suggest you uninstall the programs and delete the D:, then expand.

Or take this opportunity to virtualize and migrate to a VM that no longer has this issue.
nobusCommented:
i found that they fail most when the disk has problems
so if you want to do that - be sure to have a full backup first, then run a diag on the drive, to ensure it's operational; and only then repartition
the tool i prefer for this is Bootit-BM :www.terabyteunlimited.com/

**run it from CD/usb stick  - do not install it on the drive - hit cancel, then select partition work
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can take a copy of Hard Disk Manager 15 Server Basic: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/license.html
It will let you to take backups and perform resize.
Or you simply need to take a maintenance window and uninstall the programs which are installed on D: - then delete D: and extend the C:
SnibborgOwnerCommented:
Lee W,

Thanks, I'll take that as an insult since that's the way you appear to have intended it.

This was meant as an objective assessment that you had not read it.  If you feel insulted by that, it is your choice.
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