Extend volume software

I need to find a Safe link to software that will enable me to extend a drive on server 2008 r2.  Any reccomendations?   When i shrink the volume, the free space appears ahead of the os drive and the extend remains greyed out.
Wayne YounkerAsked:
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65tdRetiredCommented:
In disk manager how is the drive laid out?
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Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec ManagerCommented:
Acronis Disk Director is the most robust utility I know of:

https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/disk-manager/

Have used it many times with success.
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Wayne YounkerAuthor Commented:
Sounds great.  I will give it a try.
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Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec ManagerCommented:
FYI, looks like the link I provided is for the "personal" version which will not run on server (its desktop OS only). Make sure you get the server version.

regards
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Wayne YounkerAuthor Commented:
Okay.  Thanks for the clarification
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Maybe you can do it with inbuilt tools of Windows Disk Management. What is the current situation with your partitions? Can you provide us a screenshot of Windows Disk Management?
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Wayne YounkerAuthor Commented:
I believe i have exhausted the capabilities of the In-built tools.  The previous tech set up the system this way (going by memory and off-site)  Recovery Drive 30mb-OS 40GB-DataDrive 920GB.  I did shrink both the recovery and the Data drive, but the space appears before the OS, not directly behind.  The option to extend into the space is not there.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If your goal is to increase C: drive then the option to do this with Windows tools would be - copy out data from D: drive, delete D: drive. Then extend C: drive as much as you want - recreate D: drive and copy the data back. No extra tool is needed in this case.
Or you use PartedMagic ISO to boot the server from and perform resize which requires server downtimes as well.
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Wayne YounkerAuthor Commented:
There is 400GB of Data, and how would that affect links to the shared drive?  The previous tech has also installed a virtual server and utilizes this drive.  Seems too time consumptive and a risk too??
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Well, then you have to use third party software. But you must take backup beforehand. And do the resize in non-Windows mode (booting the server from boot media).
The links can be lost (but you can recreate them easily) during resize. The Virtual Server is not a problem, it works with directories. As long as the directory remains as D:\myvirtualmachines (as example) then it is ok.

The Pro for data copy out - delete - extend - recreate is that you are able to control the whole process.
In case of resize - if the server shuts down during resize - the whole data is lost. There are some tools which save the resize progress data and lets continue resize operation when booted from its media.

But as I said - first backup.
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Wayne YounkerAuthor Commented:
I think you make a very valid point.  I have only used the software option once and that was many years ago.  It was successful, and worked very well.  I used Acronis in that case.  ....But if I do have issues....    I need to go the safest route.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Complete answer was given.
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