Windows 2016: Partition

Hi,

I have a Windows server 2016. The total disk size is 1.8 TB. The C: drive is 1.7 TB.

The Goal: I want to make the C: drive becoming 800 GB only.

I check the Disk Management, and did not see any tool for it.


Thanks,
tjie
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Michal ZiembaIT AdministratorCommented:
Hi
In the Disk Management tool right click C drive and select Shrink Volume.
Is this option available?

You may also try Diskpart command line tool and use Shrink option.
  1. Open Command Prompt in elevated mode
  2. type DiskPart and press Enter
  3. select volume (i.e. select volume 1) - to list available volumes use command list volume
  4. shrink the volume of the maximum available space using command Shrink. If you like to see how much the size can be reduced use the command Shrink querymax
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arnoldCommented:
if this is a recent install/setup, I would suggest to start from scratch and properly partition. IT seems you have SATA drives as your storage.. why do you need an 800 GB partition for C?

What is the server being used for?
First determine what it will be used for and then decide on the partitioning.
a 200-400Gb partition provided you remember when installing application to have the DATA folders on the other partition/s.
tjieAuthor Commented:
Hi Arnold,

What do you mean by:
" if this is a recent install/setup, I would suggest to start from scratch and properly partition. IT seems you have SATA drives as your storage.. why do you need an 800 GB partition for C? "

Answer: Yes I want to start from Scratch and properly partition; how to do it?

Thanks,
tjie
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arnoldCommented:
You start from the begining of the install
boot the server using e install media, repartition as you see fit, potentially deleting existing partitions, then (all this is under the advanced settings.

Did you let the Windows server install media partition the storage resource?


What is your server ? Raid controller, do you need to boot the system using vendor OS install assist media? Where you specify the RAID configuration, then specify the partition for C: where the OS will be installed should be and then proceed to the install?
tjieAuthor Commented:
@Arnold:

"""  You start from the begining of the install
boot the server using e install media, repartition as you see fit, potentially deleting existing partitions, then (all this is under the advanced settings. """

Answer:
1) The server is Dell Power Edge T310
2) The existing OS is Windows Server 2012 R2
3) I upgraded it to Windows 2016 Server; How i do it? I login to Windows 2012 R2, go to the flash drive (which has the 2016 ISO files ...double click ...follow the default ...then it would be upgraded to Windows 2016 server)(Note: The process of upgrading from windows server 2012 R2 to windows 2016 server is roughly the same with Windows 10 version 1703 to windows 10 version 1709)
4) I want to do as your suggestion " Start from the beginning of the install; boot the server using e install media"; i need your help for this; i have ISO files with me but not bootable; how to make it bootable? Other things: What is " e install media"?

Thanks,
tjie
arnoldCommented:
If you need to start from the begining, you need to create a bootable USB from the 2016 ISO, then use the Dell build and update utility to boot the t320, and go through the process.........


Diskpart as was described earlier is an option you still need to boot the system using the server 2016 bootable media, then loading the perc controller drivers in order for the OS to see the storage, then using the command window to run diskpart to reduce the size of the c:\ partition to a size you want.

The upgraded system has what the 2012 system did.


Usually, you can not resize during an upgrade, and you need to boot from sonething other than the storage you wish to resize.
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