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Expand C partition

I have a C partition with 40 gigs of space.  I desperately need to expand this space.  I have 208.13 gigs of free space right next to the partition. I just need to expand the C partition by about 100 gigs. I have server 2008 r2 - Is there any way to accomplish this without purchasing software????
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
If there is free space next to the partition you can do that easily in disc management... Right click on the drive and hit expand... Enter how much, as the default will be all ajoining space...
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
I wish I could!  I tried DiskPart too.  If I right click on the C drive the extend partition is grayed out.  I have 208 gigs of free space next to the C drive?
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rindiCommented:
Then that isn't free space you have there, but rather a partition. You first need to delete that partition, so the space is shown as unallocated. Then you can expand C.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
See for yourself...
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
It could be that you don't have enough free space on C to expand... Can you clean up a bit or temporarily move some things to free up some space?

Either that, or that free space is inside a secondary partition and will have to be done with a utility.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
I've tried everything possible to free up space there's just nothing.  I have 9 mb of space free!
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rindiCommented:
As I said, that is a partition (it is the first part of an extended partition, and within that is a logical partition, "Service" or S). You'd have to delete the service partition, then the extended partition, and after that you can expand C.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
OK I'll try that
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Then I assume that free space is inside a secondary partition. If you can create a new drive in that space, but cannot expand the C into it, then that is what is going on.  
Most of the free Windows based partition software isn't free on server OS's, but you can probably use a Linux freeware like gparted...
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
so regardless if I delete the entire S partition I still will not be able to move that C partition?
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
so with Gparted I'd have to boot to a disk?
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rindiCommented:
Besides deleting S, you also have to delete the extended partition within which S is.

If you have GParted, and it properly sees your RAID array (and not the singles disks that make that array), you can also move the front part of the extended partition toward where the service partition starts. Then you don't need to delete the service partition. And yes, GParted is a CD or USB stick you would boot the server from.
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
That seemed to have worked Once I got rid of S I was able to extend the partition.  I'm put the files back now.
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