How to expand Primary C: Drive without having adjacent unallocated space

The "C" drive is full and i wanted to expand it.  The "D" drive is a Logical partition and by shrinking it, I have created 40GB Free.  In Server 2008 Disk Management, that space is referred to as "Free Space".  Disk Management does not allow me to "Extend" the "C" drive.  I do have additional unused Disk space on the d: Drive. What is the best way to expand the c drive?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You'll have to use third party tools.  We can potentially be more specific if you post a screenshot of the disk config in disk management.

Of course, how large is your C: drive now?  Maybe you just need to manage it differently/better...
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
The easiest way would be to copy the content of D: partition to somewhere else (NAS/external drive) and delete the partition...extend the C:\ to the size you need...then use the remaining space as D:...copy back your stuff
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CESNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Agreed that the two options above are the only options.  In disk management, the free space ("black space") can only be added to volumes ("blue space") to the left of it.  To move it around requires software like Partition Magic (as Lee W states), or you need to blow away the D:\ drive (per John T)
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You can use EASEUS Partition Master to Extend C drive.
Unfortunately for server option you must pay for software but not much. For personal use it $40.00 but is not working with Raid,  for business it's about $160.00

https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/business.html

I did it for myself few years ago and you don't need to delete anything from other partition.
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
If you go for the 3rd party solution remember to keep a full image backup...just in case...
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nobusCommented:
you can use the Bootit-BM ( free for this task)    www.terabyteunlimited.com/       
download it - make a bootable cd - and boot from it; do NOT install it on the PC - hit cancel
now select Partition work
 your disk probably looks like CCCCDDDDDDGGGGGGGffffff ( f= free space)
the free space must be adjacent to the partition you want to extend ( c:)
so first select G: partition, and select slide - and move it to the end of disk
now it looks like CCCCCCDDDDDfffffGGGGGG
do the same for the D: partition and slide it also
once itt looks like CCCCCffffDDDDDGGGGGyou can extend C:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Resizing partitions with third party partitioning tools is always a risky operation. Because of the data movement. Thus the easiest and safest way - copy out data from D: then delete D:, delete Extended partition and after that extend C:. Once this done create D: again from the rest of the space and copy your data back to it.
For more detailed and correct instructions post a screen shot of your Windows Disk Management here.
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nobusCommented:
i have NEVER encountered problems with Bootit-BM
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
i have NEVER encountered problems with Bootit-BM
nobus, it is not about having not not ever having problems with some software. All software vendors say - partitioning is a potentially dangerous operation - so backup first. If you don't and something goes wrong - well, fault yourself or similar :)
But in this case the simple extension would be most quick and effective solution. Using third party tools imho is worse when server cannot be frozen for maintenance.
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nobusCommented:
ok - got you..
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Jarrod AdamsconsultantCommented:
Noxcho...is there a particular method of copying the D:\ contents that is preferable?  Will a typical copy even succeed?   My worry is that the Active Directory folder shares and workstation drive mappings, the programs that are installed on D:\ but always have links and attachments to C:\.  Aren't the links and bonds and shares and permissions and references and mappings going to get jumbled?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Jarrod731, this is a particular case where one should do the resize in offline mode with third party partitioning tool. In this very case where the D drive is actively used one starts the server from a boot cd of partitioning tool and performs resize there. Because in offline mode Windows cannot influence the D drive.
However a backup beforehands must be done.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
1. Backup is a must
2. Use EASUS Partition Master
3. Extend C partition using free 40GB created from D drive
4.Save changes

Done

Very simple operation. I did it myself few times in the past. No problems at all.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Tom, did you do this on a domain controller?
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Yes,
It doesn't matter what server you're using on.
This software is very good.
I did extended partition on DC, Exchange and shrink-ed on one Hyper-V server.
All went well
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Well, DC is very sensitive to partition left boarder changes which has been proved many times. Thats why the recommendation to do it in offline mode.
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